|Uriel Orlow describes the garden cultivated by Nelson Mandela and fellow inmates during his time imprisoned at the infamous Robben Island Prison of Capetown.|
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Seeds of Knowledge
Uriel Orlow (CRF 2016) graced the audience with a sneak-preview of his new body of work Theatrum Botanicum last night in the libary. The film is set in South Africa, and it looks specifically to the botanical world as a stage for both politics and history. We saw amazing footage of traditional healers collecting herbs, bark, and roots; and we witnessed the intimate process they undergo to turn these natural materials into medicine. Further works of Orlow consider plants as both witnesses and actors in history with their own unique stories.
Following the screening, senior curator at the Guggenheim Museum, Vivien Greene (DG 2016) joined Uriel Orlow on stage for an 'Artist Conversation' about this piece, and others.