Uriel Orlow: Conversing with Leaves

2023.03.18 Saturday 19:00



Speaker: Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow will present recent projects which look at human-plant entanglements, with plants as active agents in history and politics. Trying to find new forms of representation across photography, film, installation and sound, Orlow's practice engages with decolonial and ecological questions and more than human witnessing. 

About the Speaker: Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow’s practice is research-based, process-oriented and often in dialogue with other disciplines. Projects engage with residues of colonialism, spatial manifestations of memory, social and ecological justice, blind spots of representation and plants as political actors. His multi-media installations focus on specific locations, micro-histories and forms of haunting. Working across installation, photography, film, drawing and sound his works bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence.

Uriel Orlow is the 2023 recipient of Swiss Grand Prix for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim. His work has been presented at major international survey exhibitions including at the 54th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 9 and 12 in Genk and Palermo as well as at biennials in Berlin, Dakar, Kochi, Taipeh, Sharjah, Moskau, Kathmandu, Guatemala and many others

His work has also been shown in exhibitions in London, Lisbon, Zurich, Geneva, Athens, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Marseille, Paris, Oslo, Dublin Turin, Cairo, Istanbul, Mexiko-Stadt, Peking, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne and elsewhere. Recent publications include Conversing with Leaves (Archive Books, 2020), Soil Affinities (Shelter Press, 2019) and Theatrum Botanicum (Sternberg Press, 2018). Uriel Orlow is a lecturer University of the Arts, Zurich (ZHdK) and at University of Westminster, London.

About the Project Curator: Yang Beichen

Dr. Yang Beichen is a researcher and a curator based in Beijing, China. He is the director of the Macalline Art Center (Beijing), and one of the members of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada (Milan, Venice).

Macalline Art Center is a practice-oriented site focused on contemporary visual inventions. The Center engages with artists and art groups by building physical and online communities through events and research. The Center is guided by the working processes of artists, constantly re-defining and testing itself and renewing perceptual and cognitive systems in contemporary situations and contexts.