Uriel Orlow, Reader for the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, received the Sharjah Biennial Prize 2017 for his work Theatrum Botanicum that is being exhibited in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

For the 13 edition of the Sharjah Biennial (SB13), curator Christine Tohme invited more than 70 artists to respond to the thematic focus of the four keywords: water, crops, earth and culinary.

Uriel’s multi-component Theatrum Botanicum (2016) envisions the botanical world as both witness to and actor in the enduring legacy of colonialism in South Africa.

When speaking about his success, Uriel said: “I am extremely happy to be showing my work in the context of such a strong exhibition alongside the work of so many artists whose work I greatly respect and admire. I am humbled that my body of work Theatrum Botanicum which has been in the making for two years has been awarded this prestigious accolade.” 

Sharjah Biennial is organised by the Sharjah Art Foundation, which brings a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region. Since 1993, Sharjah Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and films, offering artists from the region and beyond an internationally recognised platform for exhibition and experimentation.

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