Learning from Artemisia
by Uriel Orlow
Learning from Artemisia by Uriel Orlow, 27 February - 11 April 2020, La Loge Brussels, courtesy of La Loge and Lola Pertsowsky

La Loge reopens Thursday, 28 May 2020

La Loge is happy to reopen its doors from 28 May onwards, and welcome visitors back to Learning from Artemisia by Uriel Orlow, which will be extended through June 27.

Free entrance, but please reserve your time slot below. 


Actions taken by La Loge to conform to hygiene and social distancing regulations and to secure all visitors’ safety:
- La Loge provides alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- La Loge ventilates its spaces on a daily basis
- La Loge cleans surfaces that are frequently touched on a daily basis
- La Loge provides a soap dispenser, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and paper tissues in the restrooms
- La Loge will no longer provide paper exhibition leaflets. Instead, visitors are invited to download the PDF from our website on their own devices

La Loge kindly asks visitors to:
- Please wear a face mask and disinfect your hands (alcohol-based hand sanitizer is provided at the entrance)
- Please come alone or accompanied by maximum one other person
- Please respect the physical distance of 1.5 meters
- Please respect the circular path in the building so as not to cross other visitors
- Please wash and disinfect your hands when using the restrooms

More details about our future programme will follow as we await instructions given by the Government, which will depend on the evolution of the current situation. Any changes will be announced on our website and social media channels.

We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you again, even if in smaller numbers!



Wednesday, 26 February 2020
18:00 to 21:00
27/02/20 – 27/06/20
opening hours
Thursday – Saturday
12:00 to 18:00

about the exhibition

In his multidisciplinary and process-oriented work, Uriel Orlow uses the world of botany as a lens through which he explores the socio-political, economic and spiritual ramifications of colonization and the postcolonial. Often departing from specific sites and micro-histories, Orlow uses different image-regimes and narrative modes to bring to the fore historical and contemporary blind spots of representation and transmission.

In Learning from Artemisia at La Loge, Orlow explores plant healing and global power relations through Artemisia afra, the African wormwood, an indigenous medicinal plant cultivated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, alongside other African countries, and used for the treatment of malaria. Despite its proven effectiveness and simplicity, the World Health Organization does not recommend the use of this plant material, in any form, including tea, for the treatment or the prevention of malaria. Meanwhile the pharmaceutical industry derives large revenues from using the active ingredient ‘artemisinin’ from the related annual wormwood plant to produce antimalarial medication. Combining films and documentation from his work with a women’s cooperative in Lumata (south of Lubumbashi) with archival materials from the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren and a selection of related recent work, the artist traces the history of malaria to extractive capitalism, while highlighting the benefits of a collaborative economy.

Curated by Laura Herman

This exhibition is supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia


about the artist

About the artist Uriel Orlow lives and works between London and Lisbon. He studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design London, the Slade School of Art, University College London and the University of Geneva, completing a PhD in Fine Art in 2002. Orlow’s work is presented widely in galleries, museums, film festivals and international survey shows including 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (2019), Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018), 2nd Yinchuan Biennial (2018), 13th Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), 7th Moscow Biennial (2017), EVA International, Limerick (2016), 2nd Aichi Triennale, Nagoya (2013), Bergen Assembly (2013), Manifesta 9 (2012), 54th Venice Biennale (2011).

Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Mainz (2019); Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris (2018); Market Photo Workshop & Pool, Johannesburg (2018); Kunsthalle St Gallen (2018); PAV – Parco Arte Vivente (2017);  Parc Saint Léger (2017), The Showroom, London (2016); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2015); John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2015); Depo, Istanbul (2015), Spike Island, Bristol (2013). In 2018 Sternberg Press published the major monograph Theatrum Botanicum and in 2019 Shelter Press published the monograph Soil Affinities.

Orlow is visiting professor at the Royal College of Art London and is currently Reader (associate professor and senior researcher) at University of Westminster, London and lecturer at ZHdK, the University of the Arts, Zurich