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.
In May 2021, foodculture days presents Chapter 2: “From the ashes of the forests”, with a hybrid program – digital and face-to-face in Vevey – from May 27 to 30, 2021 as a hospitable space for social and sensory investigations.
The exhibition “Ecologies and Politics of the Living” explores the relationship between animate and inanimate environments, against the backdrop of a politically and economically interwoven world. Curated by Ibrahim Mahama, Baerbel Mueller and, Elisabeth Falkensteiner.
On the occasion of the Frankfurt’s botanical garden anniversary, the Historical Museum Frankfurt is dedicating an exhibition to Frankfurt’s parks and public gardens, highlighting how the city has dealt with its green landscapes, past and present. Curated by Nina Gorgus.
The Habits of Weeds is an event part of Gardening the Mind, a new season of online events focusing on mental health, conceived through the metaphor of the mind as a garden that we all need to collectively and continuously tend to. The Habits of Weeds features a new intervention by artist Uriel Orlow.
Tree Story brings together creative practices from around the world to create a ‘forest’ of ideas relating to critical environmental and sustainability issues. At its foundation—or roots—are Indigenous ways of knowing and a recognition of trees as our ancestors and family. An exhibition, publication and podcast series, Tree Story takes inspiration from the underground networks, information sharing and mutual support understood to exist within tree communities, and poses the question: what can we learn from trees and the importance of Country? Curated by Charlotte Day and Dr Brian Martin.
A contemporary art exhibition examining the connections between humankind and the environment through the works of five artists and one group all active in Japan and internationally. Curated by Oko Goto.