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AVEC L'EHESS
Jeudi 26 octobre 2017 à 19h

Uriel Orlow s’intéresse aux manifestations spatiales de la mémoire, aux points aveugles de la représentation et aux fantômes de la mémoire. Son travail artistique multiforme inclut le film, la performance et les installations multimédia, et porte sur des lieux singuliers et des micro-histoires. Il met ainsi régimes iconographiques et modes narratifs en correspondance. Uriel Orlow enseigne à la Royal College of Arts, à University of Westminster (Londres) et à University of the Arts (Zurich).

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Son dernier projet, Theatrum Botanicum (2015-2017) aborde le monde botanique comme scène politique, entendue au sens large. Entre Afrique du Sud et Europe, Il prend les plantes à la fois comme témoins et acteurs de l’histoire, mais aussi comme des agents de changement, qui relient la nature et les humains, la médecine rurale et citadine, la modernité et la tradition – à travers différentes géographies, histoires et systèmes de savoir – et sont dotés de pouvoirs curatifs, spirituels et économiques. Au travers de trois films courts, il questionne la question de la valeur des plantes et de leur appropriation en contexte d’apartheid et postcolonial.


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Theatrum Botanicum, work in progress / 18'-17'-28'

The first film is based on a South African trial from 1940. Mafavuke Ngcobo was a traditional herbalist who was accused by the local white medical establishment of ‘untraditional behaviour’. The film explores the ideological and commercial confrontation between two different yet intertwining medicinal traditions and their uses of plants, with slippages across gender and race further questioning notions of purity and origination. The re-imagined court case is lmed at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, where the Rivonia trial was held that sent Mandela and his fellow accused to Robben Island prison.

The second one follows enduring herbal practices at rural and urban sites in Johannesburg, the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal, showing chains of value and practice which include plant collectors, traders, traditional healers, local communities and users. Together these touch on larger issues around erasure and continuity, tradition and modernity, indigenous knowledge and alternative medicine in post-colonial contexts.

The last one shows the preparations for a people’s tribunal in South Africa where traditional healers, lawyers and activists come together to discuss indiginenous knolwedge and bioprospecting. The film asks who benefits when plants become pharmaceuticals, given multiple claims to ownership, priority, locality and appropriation.





En vue de former de jeunes chercheurs et chercheuses et dans une perspective interdisciplinaire aux questions de mondialisation au cœur de l’actualité de la recherche en sciences sociales de la santé, l’EHESS organise dans le cadre du Programme de recherches interdisciplinaires « Santé » et de l’IRIS « Études Globales » (Paris Sciences Lettres) une formation thématique à Marseille du 23 au 27 octobre 2017, avec la participation de la sociologue Nitsan Chorev (Brown University), l’anthropologue Cori Hayden (UC Berkeley), l’historien Guillaume Lachenal (Université Paris-7) et Wen Hua Kuo (National Yang-Ming University) pour les science and technology studies. C'est dans ce cadre qu'elle accueille Uriel Orlow.





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Uriel Orlow lives and works in London, Lisbon and Zurich. Orlow’s practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, drawing and sound. He is known for single screen film works, lecture performances and modular, multi-media installations that focus on specific locations and micro-histories and bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. His work is concerned with spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and forms of haunting.

Orlow's films have been shown in major film festivals and screenings including at Locarno Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Centre Pompidou Metz, British Film Institute, Kino der Kunst Munich, Tate Britain London, Kassel Documantry Film and Video Festival and many more.

Orlow is Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art London, Reader at University of Westminster, London and also teaches at the University of the Arts, Zurich.
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