14th April – 17th June 2018
Opening: Friday, 13 April, 6 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, 14 April, 12 noon
Guided Tour I / Introduction for Teachers: Tuesday, 24 April, 6 p.m.
Art Lunch: Thursday, 3 May, 12 noon
Art Snack: Thursday, 7 June, 12.30 p.m.
Painting Afternoon for Children: Wednesday, 13 June, 14 Uhr
Guided Tour II: Sunday, 17 June, 3 p.m.
In his research-based and process-oriented practice Uriel Orlow (*1973 in Zurich, lives and works in London and Lisbon) is concerned with spatial manifestations of memory and blind spots in history. At Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen the artist is presenting his ongoing research project Theatrum Botanicum (2015–2017). The large-scale work series sees the botanical world as a stage for politics. From the viewpoints of South Africa and Europe the project shows plants as witnesses and actors in history, as dynamic agents which combine nature and humanity, rural and cosmopolitan medicine, tradition and modernity — through various geographies, histories and knowledge systems. Videos, sound works, photographs and installations illuminate botanical nationalism and other legacies of colonialism, plant migration and invasion, bio-piracy, flower diplomacy under apartheid, the role of the classification and naming of plants along with the garden planted by Mandela and his fellow inmates in Robben Island prison.