In residence at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers since April 2017, Uriel Orlow has been engaged in a project which deepens his interest in plants and their relation to specific local and (post-)colonial histories. Soil Affinities returns to Aubervilliers’ 19th century market gardening past which ended when the factories started to take over the ground, around the same time as European countries, including France, began to develop a colonial agriculture in Africa.
Soils Affinities traces these lines and networks of terrestrial connections between plants and people, across different geographies and temporalities, through video, photography, and other documents gathered in France, Senegal and Mali.
This exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects, the Franco-British fund for contemporary art.
From 11 October to 8 December 2018.
Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers
41 rue Lécuyer
Wednesday to Saturday, 2pm to 6 pm.
Soil Affinities (essais de variétés d’oignons, ISRA, Dakar (anciennement jardin d’essai colonial français), 2018 © Uriel Orlow
Soil Affinities (ancien jardin colonial français, Vincennes), 2018 © Uriel Orlow
Soil Affinities (Vitrail Notre Dame des Vertus, Aubervilliers), 2018 © Uriel Orlow