Learning from Artemisia – A conversation with Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow


Artemisia afra, a plant native to the Congo, is a potent remedy for malaria but its curative properties are not recognised by the World Health Organisation. Learning from Artemisia by Uriel Orlow, created for the Lubumbashi Biennial in DRC in 2019, explores the cultivation of Artemisia in the Democratic Republic of Congo and its potential as a local resource.

Focusing on Learning from Artemisia (2019-2020), the conversation will explore Uriel Orlow’s artistic practice and discuss matters relating to the functioning of the global pharmaceutical industry, the practices and politics of Western medicine and different forms of extractivism from various perspectives in dialogue with the audience.


Curated by
– 04.10.2020
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