July 2, 3 and 4: 19:00-22:00
July 8, 9, 10: 19:00-22:00
July 15, 16, 17: 19:00-22:00
State of Concept is pleased to present the works of artists Uriel Orlow and Tuan Andrew Nguyen in a series of screenings as part of the chapter State Affairs. "State Affairs" presents artistic practices that focus on thematics unfolding and narrated gradually through several artworks, practices distinguished for their interest in shedding light on historical conditions, and how they affect contemporaneity.
"Learning from Artemisia" is an in-depth research of the medicinal plant “artemisia afra”, the African wormwood, an indigenous medicinal plant used for the treatment of malaria. The three-channel video installation, is an atmospheric, at times harsh but deeply informative journey through the histories of medicinal plants and their relationship to geopolitics.
Uriel Orlow's practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, drawing, and sound. His multi-media installations focus on specific locations and micro-histories and bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. His work is concerned with residues of colonialism, spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation, and plants as political actors.
Tuan Andrew Nguyen - State Affairs Folder #6
Tuan Andrew Nguyen's work explores the power of storytelling through sculpture and video. His projects involve months of research-based work, and often include the involvement of communities and groups of citizens, focusing on the History we inherit, and on memory. Nguyen draws on and works with dominant - and often colonial - histories, but also surrealist narratives that he turns into image-sequences. Facts and fiction intertwine poetic narratives that permeate time and place. He is a member of "The Propeller Group", one of Vietnam's oldest and most important art groups.
His latest work, "The Boat People" (2020, duration 19 '), which is currently being screened at MOMA in New York, is set in an unspecified post-apocalyptic future at the precarious edge of humanity’s possible extinction. The film follows a band of children led by a strong-willed and resourceful little girl. They travel the seas and collect the stories of a world they never knew through objects that survived over time. The film "The Island" (2017, duration 42 '), is shot entirely on Pulau Bidong, an island off the coast of Malaysia that became the largest and longest-operating refugee camp after the Vietnam War. The artist and his family were some of the 250,000 people who inhabited the tiny island between 1978 and 1991; it was once one of the most densely populated places in the world until the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees shuttered the camp in 1991. The third film is a collective production of the Propeller Group entitles The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music(2014,duration24') a film merges documentary footage of actual funeral processions with stunning re-enactments discussing funeral traditions in Southern Vietnam.
Eliana Otta - "Diaries, chronicles and conversations in a struggling city"
2 July, 18.30
The performance will start at 18.30 and due to limited seating we would kindly request you book a seat via email at [email protected]
This (semi) collective lecture connects attempts to put into words how experiences of loss, resistance, and desire affect political subjectivities and communities in the context of Athens. It includes texts, images, and fragments of conversations that are part of a work in process, the research project Lost and shared: A laboratory for collective mourning, towards affective and transformative politics (working title).
Eliana Otta is an artist with a Master in Cultural Studies, who coordinated the curatorial team of Lugar de la Memoria in Lima. She has taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and co-founded the artist-run space Bisagra. She´s currently a candidate for the Ph.D. in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
Opening Hours: July 2 to July 17:
July 2, 3 and 4: 19.00 - 22.00
July 8, 9, 10: 19.00 - 22.00
July 15, 16, 17: 19.00 - 22.00
Until the end of July we will be open by appointment which you can book either via email at [email protected], or by DM on Facebook page.