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Saint Gervais, Geneva | Désirs sans destin

Group show curated by Anna Barseghian, Stefan Kristensen and Maya Bösch. Participating artists include Erroristas, Isabelle Papaloïzos, Takahiro Matsuo, Uriel Orlow, Thomas Schunke, Jeanne de Mont KavecS (Kostas Stafylakis and Vana Kostayola), Pauline Julier, François Deck, Ujjwal Utkarsh, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Barbara Baker, Esther Ferrer, Karine Piveteau, Marcela San Pedro, Estelle Zweifel, Rudy Decelière, Colin Legras, Haroutyoun Simonyan, and Michel Etter


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Games.Fights.Encounters | OnCurating Space, Zurich

A group exhibition directly concerned with taking up political positions and engaging in interventions, ground work and various forms of activism. With works by Paloma Ayala, Baltensperger + Siepert, Daniela Brugger, Luke Ching, Chto Delat, Enar de Dios Rodríguez, Harun Farocki, Jeff Hong, Marc Lee, Yoshinori Niwa, Dima Nechawi, Mohamad Omran, Uriel Orlow, Ursula Palla, ” le peuple qui manque – a people is missing (Kantuta Quiros, Aliocha Imhoff), Robert Schlicht + Romana Schmalisch, Jonas Staal.

And with participation of the activist and cultural groups: Architecture for Refugees Schweiz, Autonome Schule Zürich, The Creative Memory of The Syrian Revolution, Love Lazers, Libreria delle Donne, foodwaste.ch/OGG Bern, Progetto Oreste, Stadtlücken, Video Activism, Warsaw Biennial, Who writes his_tory ?, The Media Office of Kafranbel.


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Learning from Artemisia | La Loge, Brussels

Solo exhibition.

In Learning from Artemisia at La Loge, Orlow explores plant healing and global power relations through Artemisia afra, the African wormwood, an indigenous medicinal plant cultivated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, alongside other African countries, and used for the treatment of malaria. Despite its proven effectiveness and simplicity, the World Health Organization does not recommend the use of this plant material, in any form, including tea, for the treatment or the prevention of malaria.


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Leave no Stone unturned | Le Cube, Rabat

Leave No Stone Unturned [Remuer la terre] is a collective exhibition, curated by Clelia Coussonnet, that highlights the links between plants and politics in Morocco and other countries of the global South, while rejecting the idea that nature is ornamental and neutral. By scratching the visible surface to plunge into the interstices and gaps of history, the selected works show plants are intertwined in power networks and suffer from the paradox of being knowledge resources simultaneously accessible and subjected to processes of invisibility. While human impact on climate and environmental change is increasingly discussed in public and scientific debates, still few institutions and individuals explore in depth the largely underestimated relations between plants and politics. Flora is indeed an actor, a pawn and a witness of History, revealing narratives forgotten and eluded by official history’s records.


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Conversing with Leaves | Kunsthalle Mainz

Conversing with Leaves at Kunsthalle Mainz

A survey exhibition which brings together Theatrum Botanicum, Soil Affinities, Wishing Trees and Learning from Plants. Trees as actors in history, the migration of flowers, and medicinal plants testifying to neo-extractivism – these are some of the themes that Uriel Orlow pursues in his research-based art. Concrete circumstances and developments invariably form the basis of his multi-layered, multi-media works. In recent years his attention has mainly focused on entanglements between the African continent and Europe. Plants are both the narrators and protagonists here, anchoring all the events in the present day. For his solo show at Kunsthalle Mainz the artist has developed a route through the exhibition that takes visitors room by room from the origins of colonialism via the anti-apartheid movement through to contemporary concerns.


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