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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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Earth Beats, Naturbild im Wandel | Kunsthaus Zürich

A major exhibition exploring artists’ engagement with the planet and its vulnerability. It considers both the history of ideas and future scenarios for the sustainable use of natural resources. ‘Earth Beats’ is an artists’ plea to preserve the Earth and its natural resources, born out of the urgency of the present situation. Nature, in the form of landscape painting, is firmly embedded in art history. In works from earlier centuries we generally encounter it as idyllic scenery, but since the 1970s it has been depicted with ever greater clarity as an entity threatened by human intervention and at the same time deserving of protection.

Curated by Sandra Gianfreda and Cathérine Hug, with some 120 works by Lothar Baumgarten, Vaughn Bell, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Ursula Biemann, Nomin Bold, Laurence Bonvin, Herbert Brandl, Julian Charrière, Edward Theodore Compton, Gustave Courbet, Tony Cragg, Buby Durini, Thomas Fearnley, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Francesca Gabbiani, Ludwig Hess, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Ferdinand Hodler, Anna Jermolaewa, Ruth Kaaserer, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Armin Linke & Giulia Bruno & Giuseppe Ielasi, Richard Long, Marcus Maeder, Maurice Maggi, Ana Mendieta, Conrad Meyer, Johann Heinrich Meyer, Otto Morach, Harald Naegeli, Walter Niedermayr, Katie Paterson, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Oliver Ressler, Germaine Richier, Ed Ruscha, David Shrigley, Jules Spinatsch, Johann Gottfried Steffan, Annelies Štrba, Thomas Struth, Vivian Suter, Félix Vallotton, Auguste Veillon, Hans Beat Wieland, Caspar Wolf, Robert Zünd.


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Tip of the Iceberg | Focal Point Gallery Southend

This exhibition explores the relationship between art and alternative growing practices, which are increasingly coming together in pursuit of climate action and social justice. New and recent works by local and international artists explore three key themes: the notion of the ‘commons’, i.e. our common right to the earth’s natural resources (air, water, soil, land); how plants can be considered as both witnesses and agents across history, and how local hidden economies can act as catalysts for wider change. With works by Shaun C. Badham, Becky Beasley, Kathrin Böhm, Graham Burnett, Gabriella Hirst with Warren Harper, Anna Lukala, Mary Mattingly, Uriel Orlow, Rachel Pimm, Alida Rodrigues, Zheng Bo.


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