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The Damaged Planet – Uriel Orlow: Conversing with Leaves


A series of events by the Academy of Media Arts, starting in the winter semester of 2021/22.

Donnerstag, 25. November, 19 Uhr, online
Vortrag auf Englisch / Lecture in English

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Uriel Orlow: Conversing with Leaves

Uriel Orlow's practice is research-based, process-oriented and multidisciplinary, involving media including film, photography, drawing and sound. His multimedia installations focus on specific sites and micro-histories; they bring into correspondence a variance of image regimes and narrative modes.

As part of the lecture series "The Damaged Planet", Uriel Orlow presents his artistic practice in the context of an artist talk, thinking with plants as meaningful political actors and historical witnesses and thus enables an intersectional and decolonial reconfiguration of the "Anthropocene".

Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at La Loge, Brussels; State of Concept, Athens; Kunsthalle Mainz; Tabakalera, San Sebastian; Kunsthalle St. Gallen; Market Photo Workshop Johannesburg; Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Paris. Uriel Orlov's work has also been presented at the 54th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 9 & 12, Lubumbashi Biennale VI, 13th Sharjah Biennale, 7th Moscow Biennale, 8th Mercosul Biennale, Aichi Triennale, the Bergen Assembly and many other exhibitions. His monographs include Conversing with Leaves (Archive Books, 2020), Soil Affinities (Shelter Press, 2019) and Theatrum Botanicum (Sternberg Press, 2018).

The KHM’s series of events begins with the earth system researcher and marine biologist Antje Boetius and the dramatist Frank M. Raddatz, on their collective project Theater des Anthropozän (Theatre of the Anthropocene). Uriel Orlow’s research-based and multidisciplinary praxis sees plants as political actors and deals with the ghosts of colonialism. Aneta Rostkowska, the director of the Temporary Gallery in Cologne, talks about her curatorial praxis, in which the emancipatory potential of plants plays a special role, and the nature guide and woodland educator Michael Zobel leads us on an excursion through Hambacher Wald.

Organisers: Pascal Dreier, Beate Gütschow, Thomas Hawranke, Ute Hörner, Fatima Kastner, Isabell Lorey and Kathrin Röggla.

Editor — Juliane Kuhn
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