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“Reprendre”? | Centre Pompidou, Paris

The question of the restitution of patrimonial objects is currently hotly debated in a world which is a return to the European colonial past and which questions the origin of extra-European objects torn from their original context, as well as their exposure patterns in the West. Director Susan Vogel , an expert on African art, recounts the fast-paced and tragically burlesque journey of a Fang statuette through the 20th century, since its delivery to the West. In his film The Visitor (2007), the Swiss artistUriel Orlow goes to meet Oba Erediauwa, then king of Benin, to question him on the need to repatriate or not the famous bronzes of Benin preserved in the British Museum. Finally, the Senegalese videographerFatou Kandé Senghor films a Casamance artist-ceramist, Seni Camara, whose ancestral know-how is threatened with extinction.These different films help to question the fate and transmission of confiscated objects, all too often dedicated to museification alone. 

Uriel Orlow’s film The Visitor is screened alongside Fatou Kande Senghor’s work Giving Birth, and Susan Vogel’s film, Fang: An Epic Journey, followed by an in-conversation with curator Alicia Knock


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Grey, Green, Gold (and Red) | Utopiana Geneva

Uriel Orlow will present a lecture performance Grey, Green, Gold (and Red), followed by the presentation and launch of two recent publications Affinités des sols | Soil Affinities and Theatrum Botanicum.

Grey, Green, Gold (and Red) expands on the themes and concerns of Orlow’s project Theatrum Botanicum (2015-2018), considering plants and gardens as active agents in politics and history. Following human-plant entanglements, Grey, Green, Gold (and Red) explores the role played by the garden Nelson Mandela and his fellow inmates planted on Robben Island prison during their 18-year incarceration, the implications of an ongoing battle between a flower and a squirrel, as well as the fate of alien species in Europe and South Africa.


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Postkoloniale Verstrickungen | Völkerkunde Museum Zürich

Der Begriff Postkolonialismus beschreibt die Auswirkungen von Kolonialismus, Dekolonisierung und neokolonialen Tendenzen auf die heutige globale Situation als verflochtene, reziproke Geschichte des Westens und des Globalen Südens. Das aktuelle Thema beschäftigt Wissenschaftler/innen, Künstler/innen und ethnologische Museen auch in der Schweiz. «Postkoloniale Verstrickungen der globalen Schweiz» lautet der Titel der neusten Ausgabe der Zeitschrift Widerspruch/72, in der konkrete Fallbeispiele beleuchtet werden. Wie lassen sich postkoloniale Erkenntnisse wirksam machen? Kurzvorträge werfen Schlaglichter auf die Publikation und auf konkrete Themen.


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Medium(s) | La Box, Bourges

Group show curated by Mawena Yehouessi with works by Alexandre Ikihide, Ali-Eddine Abdelkhalek et Emile Barret, Clara Noseda, El Popo Sangre, Elete Wright, Elise Voët, Ezra Wube, Ingrid Baars, Jim Chuchu, Jonathan Dotse, Justine Villermet, Kendario La’Pierre, Kodwo Eshun, Kwesi Abbensetts, Kyo-Hyun Kim, M.Y, Marie-Mam Sai Bellier et Clément Lemaire, Maya Deren et Alexander Hammid, Mirella Riccardi, Momoko Seto, Ndoho Ange, Nicolas Pirus, Nkiruka Oparah, Odendaal Esterhuyse, Raphaël Barontini, Romain Cieutat, Selly Raby Kane, SHRBR RPXR, Tabita Rezaire, Tifaine Coignoux, Uriel Orlow, Vincent Chevillon, Wendy Morgan.


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You never know the whole story… | Kunstmuseum, Bern

Group exhibition with works by Judith Albert, Max Almy, Hanspeter Ammann, Knut Åsdam, Klaus vom Bruch, Balthasar Burkhard, Dimitri Devyatkin, Herbert Distel, AK Dolven, Chris Evans, Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Kit Fitzgerald, Herbert Fritsch, Michael von Graffenried, Luzia Hürzeler, Ute Friederike Juerz, Jutta Koether, Jochen Kuhn, Muriel Kunz, Maria Lassnig, Les Levine, Mark Lewis, Carlo E. Lischetti, MadeIn Company, Cory McCorkle, Gerald Minkoff, Tatsuyo Miyajima, Irene Muñoz Martin, Muriel Olesen, Uriel Orlow, May-Thu Perret, Elodie Pong, Sean Scully, René Pulfer, Markus Raetz, Pamela Rosary, Christoph Rütimann, Francisco Sierra, Tom Skapoda, Edin Velez, Christian Vetter, Bill Viola, Anna Winteler, Camilo Yañez.


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Kunstszene Zürich | Helmhaus

A group exhibition featuring works by Ian Anüll, Istvan Balogh, Sabian Baumann, Vanessa Billy, Sandra Boeschenstein, Reto Boller, Anton Bruhin, Brigitte Dätwyler, Cédric Eisenring, Robert Estermann, Garret Nelson, Florian Germann, Patrick Graf, Michéle Graf & Selina Grüter, Colin Guillemet, Raphael Hefti, Cécile Huber, Thomas Julier, San Keller, Franziska Koch, Petra Köhle / Nicolas Vermot Petit-Outhenin, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Tobias Madison, Fabian Marti, Media Group Bitnik, Dieter Meier, Mélodie Mousset, Jos Näpflin, Yves Netzhammer, Uriel Orlow, Elodie Pong, Jessica Pooch, RELAX chiarenza & hauser & co, Riika Tauriainen, Romy Rüegger, Karin Sander, Katja Schenker, Doris Stauffer, Eva Stürmlin, and Sebastian Utzni.


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