allora & calzadilla
allora & calzadilla
*Allora: 1974, Philadelphia, United States. Calzadilla 1971, Havana, Cuba.
During the past twenty years, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have developed an expansive and experimental body of work. They use sculpture, performance, video, sound, and photography in varying combinations to evoke contemporary geopolitics, cultural artifacts, and the ‘deep time’ of archaeological history. They give meaning to their artistic research by delving and questioning the structural and narrative conventions of storytelling and the potential of language and materiality. Allora & Calzadilla have studied the cooperative and catalytic nature of impromptu collective drawing with ephemeral materials at the Lima biennial in Peru (Chalk [Lima], 1998–2002); the imprints of colonial, nationalist, and military violence on the diverse populations and landscapes of Vieques, Puerto Rico (Landmark, 2001–2002); and the resonance of playing, warping, and combining music from various moments in history (Clamor, 2006; Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano, 2008; and Raptor’s Rapture, 2012). Their projects challenge viewers to build meaning through a literal, metaphorical, evidential, and political reading of the work; but also to participate in it as an experience that heightens aesthetic sensibility.
Jennifer Allora received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and an MS from MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Guillermo Calzadilla received a BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College in New York (2001). Collaborating since 1995, Allora & Calzadilla are the recipients of grants and awards from the Gwangju Biennial (2004); the Penny McCall Foundation (2003); the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2002), and the Cintas Fellowship (2002-2001). In 2006 they were finalists for both the Hugo Boss Prize and the Nam June Paik Award.
Among their most important projects and exhibitions are: Unspecified Promise, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, United States (2017); Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact, Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA), Edmonton, Canada (2016); Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos), a DIA Art Foundation commission in the Southern Coast of Puerto Rico (2015); Intervals, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, United States (2014); Fault Lines, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi at the Palazzo Cusani, Milan, Italy (2013); Gloria, US Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial (2011); Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla, MoMA- Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Allora & Calzadilla, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo, Norway (2009); Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on “Ode to Joy” for a Prepared Piano, Haus der Kunst München, Munich, Germany (2008); Never Mind That Noise You Heard, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2008); Clamor, Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); Allora & Calzadilla, Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2007); Wake Up, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, United States (2017); Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, S.M.A.K.-Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium (2006), and Land Mark, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006).
Their work has also been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA), Seoul, South Korea (2017); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), (2017); an exhibition by Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles (2017); South London Gallery (SLG) (2016); MAMM-Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2016); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (2013); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León MUSAC, Spain (2011); Princeton University Art Museum, United States (2010); The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2010); Aspen Art Museum, United States (2010); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Brazil (2009); New Museum, New York (2008); Museion – museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Bolzano, Italy (2008); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, United States (2007); Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, United States (2007); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); Grand Palais, Paris (2006), Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, (2006), among others.
They have also participated in various biennials, such as: Sharjah Biennial 13, Tamawuj, United Arab Emirates (2017); International Art Exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennial (2015); the 10th and 7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014 and 2008); 9a and 6a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013 and 2007); the 30 th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 12. and 10. Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011 and 2007); 29 a and 14 a Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010 and 1998); the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008); 9e Biennale de Lyon, France (2007); the 1 st y 2 nd Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005 and 2007); Sharjah Biennial 8, United Arab Emirates (2007); Whitney Biennial 2006, New York; the International Art Exhibition at the 51st Venice Biennial (2005); 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China (2005); 6e Biennale de l’Art africain contemporain, DAK’ART, Dakar, Senegal (2004); III Bienal Iberoamericana de Lima, Peru (2002); and 8 Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (2000).
Allora & Calzadilla live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico.