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Uriel Orlow

Eidgenössischer Kunstpreis

Holy Precursor Video with sound, 2011

"Holy Precursor” is a meditation on the cycle of presence and absence, the after-life of traces, and nature as a solemn witness of history in the present. The video explores the juxtaposition of the rural everyday and fragments of ancient holy practices in the fabric of buildings in a village in Eastern Anatolia, Turkey. In "Holy Precursor” the eye touches and the ear sees: deciphering the palimpsest that is the physical world, moving between sediments of ancient and recent history in landscapes, stones and songs, immersed in a rhythm of visual and auditory hallucination.
"Holy Precursor” is set in and around Chengeli, a Kurdish village that was built on the site and using the remains of the ancient Armenian monastery of Surb Karapet, once one of the most important sites of Armenian pilgrimage. The monastery itself was built on the site of a Greek temple for Demeter the Mother-Goddess of harvest and the cycle of life and death.

1973 Geboren in Zürich. Lebt und arbeitet in London·1993-1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, London·1996-1997 Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures, Université de Genève 1997-2002 PhD in Fine Art, University of the Arts, London.

2009 1942 (Poznan), Jewish Museum, New York·2009 Neither Fish Nor Fowl, Les Complices*, Zürich (Kat.)·2010 Remnants of the Future, Laure Genillard, London·2011 The Short and the Long of It, La Rada, Locarno (Kat.)·2011 There is Nothing Left, Alexandria Contemporary Image Forum, Alexandria (Kat.)·2012 Terrain Vague, Kunstforening, Oslo (Kat.)·2012 Time is a Place, Kunsthaus Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne (Kat.)

2006/2007 Swiss Art Awards, Messezentrum Basel·2008, 2009 Swiss Art Awards, Messe­zentrum Basel (Kat.)·2011 Chewing the Scenery, 54th Venice Biennale, Swiss Off-Site Pavilion, Venedig (Kat.)·2011 Essays on Geopoetics, 8th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre (Kat.)
·2011-2012 Au loin, une île, Fondation Ricard/Frac Aquitaine, Paris/Bordeaux (Kat.)·2012 Survival Techniques, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (Kat.)·2012 The Deep of the Modern, Manifesta 9, Genk (Kat.)

2005-2008 Fellowship for the Creative Arts, Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK·2008 Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern·2009 Eidgenössischer Preis für Kunst, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern·2011 Loop Award, MACBA, Barcelona


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