Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow

Centre culturel suisse, Paris

Uriel Orlow, The Reconnaissance, 2012. Multimedia installation. Photo: Sam Nightingale.

May 3, 2013

Uriel Orlow
Unmade Film
3 May–14 July 2013

Opening: Friday 3 May, 6–9 pm 
Press preview: Friday 3 May, 12pm

Centre culturel Suisse, Paris
38 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
75003 Paris, France
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 1–7pm
Free entrance

T + 33 1 42 71 95 70
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Uriel Orlow (born in Zurich; lives in London) makes modular multi-media installations that explore forms of haunting and bring different image regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. Unmade Film is an impossible film, fragmented into its constituent parts; a roaming, expansive collection of audio-visual works that point to the structure of a film but never fully become one. Unmade Film takes as its starting point the mental hospital Kfar Shau’l in Jerusalem. Initially specialising in the treatment of Holocaust victims—including a relative of the artist—it was established in 1951 using the remains of the Palestinian village Deir Yassin, which was depopulated in a massacre by Zionist paramilitaries in April 1948.

Upon the horrific realization that Kfar Sha’ul is in fact Deir Yassin, Orlow set out on a journey to probe the meaning of one painful event in history obliterating an other, in a context of historical intimacy between both… Orlow’s Unmade Film reconstructs a narrative of space, time and historical blind-spots that adds layers of unsettled new meaning to questions of subconscious pain, trauma and suffering in the contexts of obliterated geo-histories.
—Hanan Toukan

A modular publication by Edition Fink accompanies Uriel Orlow’s exhibitions at Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem, Centre culturel suisse in Paris and Les Complices* in Zurich.

Tuesday 7 May at 8pm, a conference with Laure Murat (historian specialised in the history of psychiatry) and Erik Bullot (filmmaker and theorist), followed by a conversation with the artist.

Two additional exhibitions are also presented in La Pièce sur cour :

Claudia Comte, Summer Villa Extension
3 May–2 June

Claudia Comte (b. 1983, Lausanne; lives in Berlin) makes use of an eclectic mix of inspirations and freely draws on different arts: design, theatre, interior design, fashion and visual arts. Summer Villa Extension continues an installation presented at Aargauer Kunsthaus in 2012. Comte reinterprets and develops the work for the Centre culturel suisse, combining the different elements that are important in her current practice: panels of burnt wood, chainsaw sculptures and geometric murals. Additionally, for the first time, she exhibits coloured sculptures made with synthetic materials.

La Ribot, Despliegue
7 June–14 July

La Ribot (b. 1962, Madrid; lives in Geneva) is a dancer, performer, and visual artist who first produced dance works in Madrid in the 1980s and is based in Switzerland since 2004. Despliegue (Deployment) is a performance filmed by two cameras in a continuous 45-minute shot. The first camera, placed above the scene and filming at a high angle, shows La Ribot’s meticulous arrangement of objects, texts and postures. The second camera, which she holds in her hand, performs an auditory as well as visual capture of an intermittent world of rapid gestures.


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