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2922 Days

008 / 6 November 2014



2922 Days focuses on an extra-ordinary episode that has all but disappeared from official histories; namely, the failed passage of 14 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 European ships were only able to leave the canal in June 1975 when it finally re-opened. While stranded in the Great Bitter Lake in the middle of the Suez Canal for eight years the cold-war political allegiances of the crews from both sides of the iron curtain were dissolved and gave way to various forms of communal survival and the establishment of a social system. This involved the organization of their own Olympic Games in 1968 and the design and printing of postal stamps to send letters back home. 2922 Days is a time-capsule that imagines the microcosm of life in the Great Bitter Lake and connects it with what else was going on during this period across the world.


2922 Days re-mixes Orlow's works The Bitterlake Chronicles and Anatopism – both of which are part of the work-cycle The Short and the Long of It (201012). 

About the author

Uriel Orlow

Uriel Orlow lives and works in London, England. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and The Slade School of Art, London and philosophy at the University of Geneva, graduating with a PhD in Fine Art in 2002.

Orlow's practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, drawing and sound. He is known for films, lecture performances and 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.


Orlow's work was shown at recent survey exhibitions Edinburgh Art FestivalRecent British Artists Film and Video at Tate Britain, London, EVA International, Limerick, 1st Bergen Assembly, Manifesta 9; the 54th Venice Biennale and 8th Mercosul Biennial, Brazil.

Orlow's work has also been presented in museums, galleries and film-festivals internationally including Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, ICA and Gasworks London; Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, CCS, Maison Populaire, Fondation Ricard and Bétonsalon Paris; Les Complices, Shedhalle and Helmhaus Zurich; Centre d'Art Contemporain and Centre de la Photographie, Geneva; Al Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart; Extra-City Antwerp; Alexandria Contemporary Art Forum (ACFA) and Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) Cairo, Egypt; Casa del Lago, Mexico City; Kunsthalle Budapest; Spike Island Bristol, Jewish Museum New York; Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Videonale, Bonn; Oberhausen Short Film Festival and others.