Uriel Orlow: Wishing Trees

Screening, Talk, Roma

Entrance: via Liguria 20

Screening, Talk

Entrance: via Liguria 20

The screening will take place at H18:30 at Istituto Svizzero, via Liguria 20, Rome.
Free entry, register here.

Artist Uriel Orlow presents a special screening of his multipart video work Wishing Trees, which was commissioned by Manifesta 12 and premiered at Palazzo Butera in Palermo in 2018.

Wishing Trees brings together two trees from Palermo that hold memories of significant events, connecting human histories and nature and listening to their reverberations in the present. The Albero di Falcone and the Cipresso di San Benedetto, enter into dialogue with the late anti-mafia feminist activist Simona Mafai and young men from West Africa who work as cooks in Palermo.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion in English between Uriel Orlow and art historian and curator Madeleine Schuppli.

Uriel Orlow is a Swiss-born artist with a diasporic background who lives between Lisbon, London and Zurich. He 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, Taipei, Sharjah, Moscow, Kathmandu, Guatemala and many others. His work has also been shown in exhibitions in London, Lisbon, Zurich, Geneva, Athens, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Oslo, Dublin Turin, Cairo, Istanbul, Mexico-City, Bejing, 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 docent at University of the Arts, Zurich (ZHdK) and at University of Westminster, London.

Madeleine Schuppli studied art history, classical archaeology and church history at the universities of Geneva, Hamburg and Zurich and completed a Master of Advanced Studies in Cultural Management at the University of Basel. She was curator of the Kunsthalle Basel from 1996, and from 2000 to 2007 she was director of the Kunstmuseum Thun, where she was responsible for the renovation of the museum and various exhibitions. Madeleine Schuppli was then appointed director of the Aargauer Kunsthaus (2007-2020). In 2009, she initiated the innovative exhibition series for young art CARAVAN, to promote emerging Swiss artists. She is also responsible for an active collection policy with a focus on contemporary works of Swiss art and a dialogue-based presentation of the holdings. From 2020 to 2022, she was Head of Visual Arts at Pro Helvetia. Since 1999, she has served as an expert on art in architecture committees, took part in numerous juries for art awards and she is a member of many art associations.