Uriel Orlow – Conversing with Leaves


Published by Kunsthalle Mainz in collaboration with Archive Books on the occasion of the exhibition Conversing with Leaves by Uriel Orlow at Kunsthalle Mainz, November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020. With contributions by Stefanie Böttcher, Lina Louisa Krämer, Uriel Orlow, Hans Rudolf Reust and Shela Sheikh.

Hardcover, English and German,
128 pages
ISBN 978-3-948212-04-9

Dialogue forms the basis of everything in my artistic practice. I never work in a vacuum, never just in my head or shut away in a studio. I always view myself as being in a dialogue with the world, with others. I travel a lot for my work and I’m dependent on people to talk with locally, on hospitality and collaboration. For some time, I’ve also been interested in the way we can understand plants as actors in history, in other words, not just as passive extras. Of course, plants don’t talk in words, but they are still communicating through smells, colours, or toxins. So conversations always take place on various levels. Dialogue is predicated on keeping an open eye and an open ear: looking, noticing, listening, and asking questions. Not all direct exchange is reflected or documented as such in the work, but the trust established in this manner is vital for all the works.

Uriel Orlow