Trees as actors in history, the migration of flowers, and medicinal plants testifying to neo-
International Archives 2nd half of 2019
The Memory of Trees is a series of large-
This series of works is taken further with Wishing Trees—a work commissioned for Manifesta 12 in Palermo. Here, for the first time, Uriel Orlow dealt with trees on the European continent, as well as with the legends and events that have become engrained within them. As witnesses to conflicts, migration and anti-
Theatrum Botanicum is a body of works that incorporates videos, sound works, slide projections and photographs. This constantly growing series looks at plants as agents of international entanglements and power relationships. Indigenous flora renamed by colonialists, foreign seeds being imported, or plants becoming imbued with a specific political content: all these examples provide evidence of strategic appropriation in history. At the same time, there are parallels between the approach we take to the plant world and patterns of behaviour displayed by colonial occupiers towards indigenous peoples—and these are still ongoing.
Soil Affinities begins with nineteenth-
Traces of European colonialism are ever-
The exhibition title Conversing with Leaves describes Uriel Orlow’s approach as much as it does his form of presentation. He emphasises the narrative quality of his work as well as dialogues that take place not only within and among the works themselves, but also with the visitors. Conversing with Leaves presents the most extensive exhibition of the artist’s work in Germany to date, and is his first solo show in the country.
Curatey by Stefanie Böttcher
Curatorial Assistant: Lina Louisa Krämer
Uriel Orlow, Wishing Trees, 2018, installation view, Manifesta 12 Palermo. Photo: Simone Sapienza.
Exhibition November 29, 2019 -
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