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Summer of Love | Art Space Pythagorion, Samos

The exhibition borrows its title from the sociocultural phenomenon that took place fifty years ago in the summer of 1967. While in Europe 1968 might have more of a legendary status due to the student uprisings in Paris and the Prague ‘Spring’, 1967 was in many ways a more seminal year in terms of geopolitical, cultural and intellectual developments. It was the year of the Six-Day War, which irrevocably changed the landscape in the Middle East; the effects of this are still being felt today. In Greece it was the year that marked the beginning of the seven-year military dictatorship. Ironically, it was also the year that the UK applied for EEC membership. In the US, 1967 also saw the first major political protests by young people against the war in Vietnam. At the same time the outburst of new popular and subcultural music was also one of the defining features of the ‘Summer of Love’.

The exhibition Summer of Love will reflect on the unlikely liaison of love and politics, connecting the summer of 1967 to the world in 2017, where the idea of love – at least in intellectual but also political circles – is dismissed as naïve and sentimental. It is a mystery why, since love is one of the most potent – and complex – forces of human life. The exhibition Summer of Love will draw on these ideas and weave a web of cultural and historic reference points in order to link the ideas of fifty years ago to the present European crisis point, and perhaps inspire us to imagine a way out of the current political impasse. It is an opportune moment to do this. Fifty years have gone by; the postwar baby boomers are ageing and dying, and their youthful ideals have largely died out. We might ask: what went wrong, when and why? What lessons can we learn? Should we rethink these ideals? Can we learn from the experiences and disappointments of the generation of 1967? In a world that rapidly seems regressing, it is time for checks and balances in order to learn from history and to avoid making the same mistakes again.

Including works by Nicolas Kozakis, Raoul Vaneigem, Johan Grimponprez, Mikhail Karikis, Mäetamm, Uriel Orlow, and Marge Monko.

Curated by Katerina Gregos

 


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British Art Show 9 | Wolverhampton Art Gallery

British Art Show 9 explores three overarching themes – healing, care and reparative history; tactics for togetherness; and imagining new futures, through four exhibitions.

Many of the artists in BAS9 investigate identity from an intersectional perspective, taking account of multiple identities that coexist such as class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. In Wolverhampton the exhibition explores these ideas in a critical dialogue with Wolverhampton’s cultural history which has been shaped by the diverse populations that came to work in its manufacturing industries during the post-war period.

BAS9 is curated by Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar and includes work by over 40 artists.


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Requiem | mor Charpentier, Paris

The group show reflects upon the concept of ruins and remnants as elements that evidence political, ecological, social and human concerns with regard to history. Ruins tell a story, but they also provide us with doubts concerning both the past and the future. Through the works of Lara Almarcegui, Rossella Biscotti, Teresa Margolles, Théo Mercier and Uriel Orlow, the exhibition presents to the visitors the concept of contemporary ruin as a vessel of different ​​emotions and narratives.


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Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud | Thailand Biennale, Korat

Participation in the 2021 Thailand Biennale, Butterflies Frolicking on the Mud: Engendering Sensible Capital.

Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, co-curated by Tawatchai Somkong, Vipash Purichanont and Seiha Kurosawa and showing works of Atacama Desert Foundation, Maxwell Alexandre, Hicham Berrada, Bianca Bondi, Montien Boonma, Mathieu Merlet-Briand, Yanyun Chen, Liu Chuang, Sandra Cinto, Gohar Dashti, Charlotte Dumas, Olafur Eliasson, Jan Fabre, Yang Fudong, John Gerrard, Shilpa Gupta, David Hammons, Federico Herrero, Chris Huen Sin-kan, Junya Ishigami, Rinko Kawauchi, Keiken, Nile Koetting, Koichi Sato and Hideki Umezawa, Alongkorn Lauwatthana and Homesawan Umansap, Kwanchai Lichaikul, Make or Break, Haroon Mirza, Yllang Montenegro, Ngoc Nau, Krit Ngamsom, David O’Reilly, Uriel Orlow, PHKA Studio, PNAT, Pomme Chan, Akras Pornkajornkijkul, Boonserm Premthada, Herwig Scherabon, Sema Thai, Slowstitch Studio, Sim Chi Yin, Elias Sime, Eli Sudbrack, Som Supaparinya, SUPERFLEX, Mio Suzuki, Min Tanaka, Rudee Tancharoen, Tsuyoshi Tane, Zai Tang, Prasit Wichaya, YANTOR, Giacomo Zaganelli.

 


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Sex Ecologies | Kunsthall, Trondheim

Participation in the panel Plants as reproducers of stories during the opening weekend of Sex Ecologies at Kunsthall, Trondheim. In this panel, curator Natasha Ginwala and artists Uriel Orlow and Otobong Nkanga explore plants in the context of colonizations, globalization, and consumer society. Sex Ecologies explores gender, sex, and sexuality in the context of ecology.


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Up Up Up | Kunsthalle Nairs, Scuol

For his solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Nairs, Uriel Orlow developed new works during several stays on site, through research and in exchange with the National Park in Zernez, which take up natural phenomena and place them in a global context. The focus is on the interdependencies between climate change and botany.

The warming of the climate is causing changes in our environment and ecosystems that affect plant biodiversity. Some of these changes and impacts are occurring more rapidly, are already highly visible, and are receiving great attention. Others, in turn, remain invisible for longer and escape attention. Mountain ecosystems, for example, face an interesting contradiction: the climate is warming faster than the global average, but the vegetation response is slower than expected. Nevertheless, plants – often thought to be immobile – are relocating their habitats to follow the conditions to which they are adapted.

In an exchange with the Swiss National Park in Zernez, Uriel Orlow developed new artistic approaches and aesthetics that reflect the transformation of regional flora under changing climatic conditions.

“Up Up Up” connects the unique local context in the Engadine and the Swiss National Park with the global issues of climate change.

By seeking dialogue with ongoing scientific research in the Swiss National Park, the project promotes exchange between art, science and the environment, and uses new visual methods to address one of the most important issues of our time.

The exhibition is curated by Sabine Rusterholz Petko.


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Vulnerable Treatments | Maat, Lisboa

Screening and conversation with Sofia Lemos as part of a public assembly on the space and time of epidemics, curated by Andrea Bagnato and Ivan L. Munuera.

Vulnerable Beings: Sounding Out starts from the consideration that the current COVID-19 pandemic is neither unprecedented nor the only one: for a large part of the world, infectious diseases were and remain part of daily life. What were modernity’s blind spots in dealing with disease, and to what extent are they still with us today? What geopolitical maps and bodies matter? To answer these questions, we will reach back to unexpected histories and geographies, and look ahead toward possible futures. The ideas developed in the first assembly will be built upon and expanded into other bodies, environments, narratives, and politics. Sounding Out will explore invisible vulnerabilities and co-dependencies; wildness as a way of confronting exclusion; and the colonial traces embedded in medical institutions. We will highlight localised medical traditions and their conflict with Western medicine; investigate targeted violence in the context of settler colonialism; and explore local and global genealogies of activism. For three days, we will sound out the voices of Jack Halberstam, Himali Singh Soin, Isabel Amaral, Sofia Lemos, Edwin Nasr, Uriel Orlow, Jasbir K. Puar, Sarah Schulman, Nerea Calvillo, Lucía Casani and Mónica Carroquino, Tamara Giles-Vernick, Michael Marder, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Françoise Vergès, and Michael Wang.


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Lingering en route | Fosun Foundation, Shanghai

Online survey screening and conversation with Wang Shuman at Fosun Foundation Shanghai, organized by Pro Helvetia Shanghai and Centre for Experimental Film (CEF) who commissioned three curators from China and gave them free rein to select their favorite Swiss artists and artworks for this exhibition built upon their personal research interests and curatorial sensibilities. While these featured artists have previously been shown in major biennials and other exhibitions around the world, this event organized by Pro Helvetia marks the first time they are being presented as a group to the Chinese public. Curated by Yuan Fuca, Wang Shuman, Huang Wenlong with Ursula Biemann, Uriel Orlow and Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo.


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Fragments & Absences | Grand Palais, Bern

Fragments & Absences reunites artworks from the exhibition Exotic? Switzerland Looking Outward in the Age of Enlightenment, which opened one year ago at the Palais de Rumine in Lausanne and presented research carried out at the University of Bern. The exhibition, curated by Noémie Etienne, Claire Brizon, Chonja Lee, and Etienne Wismer (Institute of Art History, University of Bern), gathered 150 historical objects to tell stories of Swiss people who traveled outside Europe in the 18th century and engaged in various activities: collecting, sketching, writing, and producing imitation porcelain, lacquer, and printed cottons. The contemporary artworks gathered in Fragments & Absences question the notions of memory, absence, and survival.


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