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Mafavuke’s Trial and Other Plant Stories | The Showroom, London

The Showroom presents a major new commission by London-based artist Uriel Orlow, which explores the botanical world as a stage for politics at large through film, photography, installation and sound.

With additional works by Subtle Agency, David Goldblatt, Kapwani Kiwanga, Cedric Nunn, Cooking Sections and Philippe Zourgane.

Working from the dual vantage points of South Africa and Europe, the project considers plants as both witnesses and actors in history, and as dynamic agents – linking nature and humans, rural and cosmopolitan medicine, tradition and modernity – across different geographies, histories and systems of knowledge, with a variety of curative, spiritual and economic powers.

 


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Ground Zero | Galeria Nova Ogiva, Óbidos

Ground Zero is a collective exhibition bringing together diverse artists working along the themes of ecology, the relation between human and non-human world, the relation between urban and rural living and the activation of material and immaterial heritage. The title refers to a starting point, to the possibility of new beginnings and connections. At the same time, it refers to the ground as a starting point, to the earth as a place where life and creation appear. How could we build from the ground up new ecologies of care between artists and rural communities?

With works along side by Marcelo Moscheta, Cristina Ataide, Susana Anagua, Catarina Leitão, Nithya Iyer, Nii Obodai, Mónica de Miranda and Jermay Michael Gabriel.


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L’écriture ou la vie | Mor Charpentier, Paris

The exhibition presents a series of works that are part of continuous research about the fragility and power of the written word. Through the exploration of text, redaction, and the materiality of language, the show explores different narratives of how writing constructs and obfuscates reality and memory. The works highlight the ritual value and the material role of the written word, marking a space filled with tensions where language both preserves and fails to capture the unspeakable.

With works along side by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Saâdane Afif, Marwa Arsanios, Bianca Bondi, Teresa Margolles, Carlos Motta, Oscar Muñoz, Nicolás Paris and Charwei Tsai.


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PROBLEMAS DO PRIMITIVISMO – A PARTIR DE PORTUGAL | CIAJG, Guimarães

“Problemas do Primitivismo – A Partir de Portugal” is an exhibition that, based on extensive research in Portuguese archives and collections, questions “primitivism” and its contradictions. The exhibition addresses the contexts of dictatorship, colonisation, anti-colonialism and post-colonialism, proposing a visual machine impregnated with images and artistic and cultural references that problematises the invention of the “primitive” and its persistence into contemporary times.

With works along side by Achille Mbembe, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Bernardo Marques, Boris Groys, Canto da Maya, Cottinelli Telmo, Cristina Roldão, Cruzeiro Seixas, Mário Cesariny, Kiluanji Kia Henda and many others.


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Flowering Substances | EMAF, Osnabrück, Germany

Screening of the film Muthi at the Lagerhalle, Osnabrück, as part of the “Flowering Substances- A Film Programme Like a Brew of Petals, Tears, and Rituals programme ” at the European Media Art Festival Nº37. Screening along side works by Dagie Brundert, Theo J Cuthand, Stuart Marshall, Santiago Lemus, Camilo Acosta, Zachery Longboy, Leslie Thornton an Amina Ross.

The EMAF screens experimental and artists’ films from around the world and is interested in forms that move along disciplinary peripheries or between film and performance, document and experiment. Short and long, digital and analogue films that relate to social and political reality in an exploratory and questioning way find their place here. At the same time, the EMAF is open to works that test new forms of cinematic presentation. Our aim is to make cinema a space for encounter and exchange: a space for projections beyond the status quo.


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Teatro di Natura | Magic Lantern Film Festival, Rome

Screening of the film The Crown Against Mafavuke at the film programme Teatro di Natura.

Magic Lantern Film Festival presents Teatro di Natura (Theatre of Nature), a film programme conceived in collaboration with MuST – the Museum of Science and Territory and the Museum Network of Spoleto, on the occasion of the 2024 edition of the Festival della Fauna. The festival takes inspiration from the figure of Bernadino Ragni, a zoologist from Spoleto who dedicated his life to the study and understanding of wildlife.

Screening along side works by Mircea Cantor, Martin Creed, Michela De Mattei, Adrien Missika, Atoosa Pour Hosseini, Natalia Trejbalova, Luca Trevisani and Ana Vaz

Ré-imaginer le passé | Kindl, Berlin

This group exhibition developed in Dakar offers a fresh perspective on the past and creates spaces for alternative forms of knowledge and knowledge transfer. In their installations, photographs and objects, participating artists explore how a decolonial perspective can shape our vision of the future.
Ré-imaginer le passé was first showcased at Musée Theodore Monod in Dakar in 2023. It is part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB – a series of exhibitions, artist residencies and events held in Senegal, Kenya, Germany and other countries since 2020.

Curated by Mahret Ifeoma Kupka, Isabel Raabe, Ibou C. Diop and Malick Ndiaye.

With works by Elsa M’Bala, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Caroline Gueye, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Ibrahima Thiam, Viyé Diba, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, baobab création, C& Center of Unfinished Business


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Ré-imaginer le passé | Kindl, Berlin

This group exhibition developed in Dakar offers a fresh perspective on the past and creates spaces for alternative forms of knowledge and knowledge transfer. In their installations, photographs and objects, participating artists explore how a decolonial perspective can shape our vision of the future.
Ré-imaginer le passé was first showcased at Musée Theodore Monod in Dakar in 2023. It is part of the TALKING OBJECTS LAB – a series of exhibitions, artist residencies and events held in Senegal, Kenya, Germany and other countries since 2020.

With works by Elsa M’Bala, Fatou Kandé Senghor, Caroline Gueye, Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Ibrahima Thiam, Viyé Diba, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy, baobab création, C& Center of Unfinished Business


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1000écologies | Utopiana, Geneva

1000écologies is a platform that makes visible the links created by Utopiana through its workshops, residencies and events. It has three components: proposing, exhibiting and displaying. It’s like scaffolding, built up over time and from project to project, creating bridges between different approaches and disciplines.

This new edition of 1000écologies, entitled Ces jours terrestres, is a month-long journey organised by Utopiana, in collaboration with several partners, which gives its audience the opportunity to develop skills to re-inhabit our living spaces, to think about our relationships, our affects and our imaginations.

With woks by Marianne Villière, Ocean Schanz, Angeles Rodriguez, Raqs Media Collective, Rachel Maisonneuve, Christine Mackey, Jérôme Leuba & Marie Velardi, Collectif Hydromondes, Axelle Gregoire, Toma Gouband and many others.


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A Propos Hodler | Kunsthaus Zurich

The Kunsthaus Zürich examines the contemporary relevance of Switzerland’s ‘national artist’, Ferdinand Hodler. ‘Apropos Hodler’ counters one-sided interpretations with the rich diversity of the painter’s formal, cultural and political impact, and sets out to view the old and familiar with new eyes. Works by more than 30 contemporary artists are juxtaposed with some 50 paintings by the Swiss icon.

With works by Asim Abdulaziz, Laura Aguilar, Caroline Bachmann, Sabian Baumann, Denise Bertschi, Ishita Chakraborty, Andriu Deplazes, Latifa Echakhch, Eva Egermann & Cordula Thym, Marianne Flotron and many others.


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