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Imbizo ka Mafavuke / Mafavuke’s Tribunal | The Edge, University of Bath

Imbizo Ka Mafavuke / Mafavuke’sTribunal, (2017) is an experimental documentary set at the edge of a nature reserve in Johannesburg. A kind of Brechtian ‘Lehrstück’, the film shows the preparations for a people’s tribunal where traditional healers, activists and lawyers come together to discuss indigenous knowledge and bio-prospecting. The protagonists in the film slip into different roles and make use of real-world cases involving multinational pharmaceuticals scouting in indigenous communities for the next wonder drug. Ghosts of colonial explorers, botanists and judges observe the proceedings.

Imbizo Ka Mafavuke / Mafavuke’s Tribunal is part of Orlow’s major new body of work and ongoing research called Theatrum Botanicum, which looks to the botanical world as a stage for politics at large through film, photography, installation and sound.

Orlow’s film installation at The Andrew Brownsword Galleries also includes film Muthi, and sound work What Plants Were Called Before They Had a Name (2016).

Muthi (2016-17), 17’00” takes us to South Africa where the artist documents the infrastructure around traditional herbal practices in Johannesburg, the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. Muthi is a comment on value and practice, whilst touching on the wider issues of the loss of indigenous knowledge and tradition, in the presence of modernity.

Orlow’s sound installation What Plants Were Called Before They Had a Name (2016) re-creates an oral dictionary of plant names in a dozen South African languages, not only restituting audibility but also spirituality.


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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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