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exhibition | allora & calzadilla: klima

june 20, 2024 — january 6, 2025


The exhibition brings together, for the first time in Bilbao, some of Allora & Calzadilla’s most important works from the last decade. It follows the programming theme addressed by Azkuna Zentroa, which highlights climate and environmental emergency through art and prompts society to critically reflect on its actions and adopt a more sustainable approach.

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have developed an experimental body of work that addresses the entanglements between history, ecology, and geopolitics using a multiplicity of artistic media that includes performance, sculpture, sound, video, photography, and painting.

The concept of KLIMA, which dates back to ancient Greece, signifies an inclination towards the sun. The works in this ambitious, open-ended chronology engage with the solar orientation taken by all life forms. Each artwork in the exhibition can be thought of as a unique climate that, when brought together as a whole, creates a cosmic entanglement—travelling as far back as 4 billion years ago, all the way to the present day. This presentation highlights the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of Allora & Calzadilla’s practice, as well as themes that run throughout their oeuvre: geological time and the evolutionary history of life on Earth; the postcolonial condition, environmental justice, climate debt, geopolitics, and energy resources.

KLIMA highlights the importance of Allora & Calzadilla’s sculptural-performance based works to their career trajectory, a number of which will be regularly staged throughout the course of the exhibition, in collaboration with local musicians.

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