Uriel Orlow – Yellow Limbo

Posted September 6th, 2013 under Festival

Uriel Orlow - Yellow Limbo
Uriel Orlow is known for his modular, multi-media installations that focus on specific locations and micro-histories and bring different image-regimes and narrative modes into correspondence. His work is concerned with spatial manifestations of memory, blind spots of representation and forms of haunting.

Solo exhibitions in 2013 include The Reconnaissance, Seventeen, London, Back to Back, Spike Island, Bristol, Unmade Film, Al-Ma’mal, Jerusalem and Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris and The Production Office, Les Complices*, Zurich. Recent group exhibitions include Bergen Assembly (2013), Aichi Triennale (2013), Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013), Manifesta 9 (2012), Chewing the Scenery, 54th Venice Biennale (2011), 8th Mercosul Biennial (2011), and 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (2008). Orlow is also a senior research fellow at University of Westminster London.

On Air: “Yellow Limbo” by Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow - Yellow Limbo
2010-11, HD video with stereo sound, 14 Min.
The starting point of Yellow Limbo is an extra-ordinary episode that has all but disappeared from official histories; namely, the failed passage of fourteen international cargo ships through the Suez Canal on 5 June 1967. Caught in the outbreak of the war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria, the ships were only able to leave the canal in 1975 when it re-opened. While stranded for eight years, the cold-war political allegiances of the multi-national crews were dissolved and gave way to a form of communal survival and the establishment of a social system. This involved the organisation of their own Olympic Games in 1968, amongst other activities.
Yellow Limbo interleaves vintage photographs and Super8 film shot by crewmembers with the artist’s own recent footage on location and is supplemented by events of particular relevance, general importance or personal interest from the eight years of the ships’ confinement.


- Homepage of Uriel Orlow: www.urielorlow.net
- Seventeen Gallery: www.seventeengallery.com