In his research-based and process-oriented artistic practice Uriel Orlow is concerned with spatial manifestations of memory and blind spots in history. At Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen Orlow is presenting his ongoing research project Theatrum Botanicum (2015–2017). The large-scale work series sees the botanical world as a stage for politics. From the viewpoints of South Africa and Europe the project shows plants as witnesses and actors in history, as dynamic agents which combine nature and humanity, rural and cosmopolitan medicine, tradition and modernity — through various geographies, histories and knowledge systems. Videos, sound works, photographs and installations illuminate botanical nationalism and other legacies of colonialism, plant migration and invasion, bio-piracy, flower diplomacy under apartheid, the role of the classification and naming of plants along with the garden planted by Mandela and his fellow inmates in Robben Island prison.
The Atlantic Project is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art in the South West of England, taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, curated by Tom Trevor.
A grammar built with rocks presents artistic practices that trace the racialized and gendered relationship between bodies and land, and question narratives of socioecological crisis that contribute to the displacement and erasure of people and collective formations. With Carmen Argote, Julien Creuzet, DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), Sandra de la Loza, Regina José Galindo, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys, Zara Kuredjian, Uriel Orlow, Gala Porras-Kim, Susan Silton, and Cauleen Smith.
Floraphilia aims to illuminated social and political aspects of the history of plants, botany and botanical gardens. With works by Alberto Baraya, Maria Thereza Alves, Candice Lin, Uriel Orlow and others. Curated by Aneta Rostkowska.
Ways of Learning foregrounds forms of knowledge production that stem from anecdote, informality and collectivity, in contrast to increasingly marketised formal educational systems. With Alex Martinis Roe, Uriel Orlow and feminist action group Mujeres Públicas.
Solo show of Remnants of the Future: part documentary film, part sci-fi, Remnants of the Future portrays the precarious existence in a post-Soviet ghost-town – a modern ruin that is still waiting to fulfil its utopian ambition of communal living.
Soil Affinities presents the fruits of Uriel Orlow’s research residency over 2017 and 2018 in Aubervilliers north of Paris and in West Africa (Senegal and Mali), and returns to Aubervilliers’ 19th century market gardening past which ended when the factories started to take over, around the same time as European countries, including France, began to develop a colonial agriculture in Africa whose roots reach into our post-colonial present.
Exhibitions of Theatrum Botanicum across three cities in South Africa.
Durban Art Gallery, 14 September – 28 October 2018, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, 7 September – 21 October 2018, Pool, Johannesburg, 4 September – 2 November 2018, ICA Live Arts Festival 2018 and IZIKO South African Museum, 12 – 14 September 2018.
Art Today Association’s project “Digital Ecologies” is an exhibition that, by employing the means of art, is exploring the interaction between electronic technologies and urban environment in its complexity. The project will have two editions in 2018 and in 2019.
Operaismo Naturale: Ecology of the Event (27 July – 31 August 2018, at SKLAD and at Ancient Bath) is an exhibition accompanied by a series of talks, art interferences and performances.
The concept behind the two editions comes from the project curator, Dimitrina Sevova (Switzerland/Bulgaria), in collaboration with Katharina Swoboda (Austria) and Emil Mirazchiev (Bulgaria).