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Orchidelirium: An Appetite for Abundance

  • TUE - SUN
    23/04 > 25/09
    11 am - 7 pm

    27/09 > 27/11
    10 am - 6 pm
  • Giardini
  • Admission with ticket

Commissioner: Maria Arusoo, Estonian Center for Contemporary Art
Curator: Corina L Apostol
Exhibitors: Kristina Norman, Bita Ravazi


Through the metaphor of tropical orchids, Orchidelirium unveils a complex and dark account of colonial ecological exploitation with present-day repercussions. The overlooked story of the 19th-century artist and world traveller Emilie Rosalie Saal is a case study for entangled histories of self-determination, colonial experiences, neocolonial structures, botany, science, and art. Artists Kristina Norman and Bita Razavi, in conversation with curator Corina L. Apostol, have produced an immersive environment – encompassing Norman’s film trilogy and Razavi’s performative spatial intervention – connecting past and present through the lens of colonial botany and its sociopolitical ramifications.

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