Lisson Gallery

Allora & Calzadilla

Through a complex research-oriented practice, Allora & Calzadilla critically address the intersections and complicities between the cultural, the historical and the geopolitical. The interdisciplinary nature of their interventions is echoed by an expanded use of the artistic medium that includes performance, sculpture, sound, video and photography. Their dynamic engagement with the art historical results in an acute attention to both the conceptual and the material, the metaphoric as well as the literal. The Puerto Rico-based artists have studied the ephemeral nature of collective drawing with monumental sticks of chalk at the Biennial de Lima, Peru (Chalk [Lima], 1998–2002); the imprints of colonial, nationalist, and military violence on the diverse populations and landscapes of Vieques, Puerto Rico (Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–2002; Land Mark, 2003; Returning a Sound, 2004; Under Discussion, 2006 and Half Mast/Full Mast, 2011); and the resonance of playing, warping and combining music from various moments in history (Clamor, 2006; Wake Up, 2007; Sediments Sentiments- Figures of Speech, 2008; Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano, 2008; Raptor’s Rapture, 2012; Apotomē, 2013; 3, 2013); as well as the entanglement between biophysics, semiotics and actuality (Growth, 2004; Puerto Rican Light - Cueva Vientos, 2015).   

Allora and Calzadilla live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Cuba) received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College (2001). Collaborating since 1995, Allora & Calzadilla were finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize (2006) and the Nam June Paik Award (2006). Select recent solo exhibitions include 'Specters of Noon', The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA (2020); 'Chalk', Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA (2019); 'The Tropical Pharmacy', Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2019); ‘Hope Hippo’, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico  (2018); 'La noche que volvimos a ser gente', El Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2018); Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (2018); 'Blackout', MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2018); ‘Allora & Calzadilla: Echo to Artifact’, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2016); ALT Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); ‘Split The Lark’, Royaumont Abbey, Asnières-sur-Oise, France (2016); ‘Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)’, a DIA Art Foundation Commission in Guayanilla/Penuelas Puerto Rico (2015); ‘Intervals’, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, USA (2014); Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sydney, Australia (2012); Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN, USA (2012); ‘Performance 9: Allora & Calzadilla’, MoMA, New York, NY, USA (2010); The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009); Temporäre Kunstalle Berlin, Berlin, Germany (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, United Kingdom (2007); Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2007); ‘Wake Up, The Renaissance Society’ at The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US (2007); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2007); and ‘Land Mark’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2006). They have participated in various biennales, such as the 56th, 54th and 51st Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2015, 2011, 2005); the 10th and 7th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2014, 2008); the 9th and 6th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2013, 2007); the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana Slovenia (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); the 12th and 10th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011, 2007); the 29th and 14th Biennial de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2010, 1998); 16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008); the 9th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2007); the 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia (2005, 2007); the 14th, 13th and 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2019, 2017, 2007); the 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY, USA (2006); the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China (2005); the 6th Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2004); the 3rd Biennale Iberoamericana, Lima, Peru (2002); and the 7th Biennial de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (2000). They are the recipients of other prizes, including DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2008-2009); the Gwangju Biennial Prize (2004); Penny McCall Foundation Grant (2003); Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2002); and the Cintas Fellowship (2002-2001). 
 

Current and Recent Projects:

'Specters of Noon', The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA, 26 September 2020 – 20 June 2021

'Chalk', Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 14 February 2019 – 2 February 2020

Electromagnetic Field (March 25, 2019, Meter Number 96215234, Provisional Rate 36.1kWh x $0.01299, Fuel Purchase 36.1kWh x $0.105645, Energy Charge 36.1kWh x $0.053508)

Allora & Calzadilla
Electromagnetic Field (March 25, 2019, Meter Number 96215234, Provisional Rate 36.1kWh x $0.01299, Fuel Purchase 36.1kWh x $0.105645, Energy Charge 36.1kWh x $0.053508)
2019
Magnetite on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
96 x 72 in

Electromagnetic Field (March 25, 2019, Meter Number 96215234, Provisional Rate 36.1kWh x $0.01299, Fuel Purchase 36.1kWh x $0.105645, Energy Charge 36.1kWh x $0.053508)

Allora & Calzadilla
Electromagnetic Field (March 25, 2019, Meter Number 96215234, Provisional Rate 36.1kWh x $0.01299, Fuel Purchase 36.1kWh x $0.105645, Energy Charge 36.1kWh x $0.053508)
2019
Magnetite on linen
243.8 x 182.9 cm
96 x 72 in

Electromagnetic Field (September 1, 2020, Meter Number 96215234, Consumption Charge 425kWh x $0.04944, Consumption Charge for Additional 805 kWh x $0.05564, Fuel Charge 1,230kWh x $0.05534, Purchase Power Charge 1,230kWh x $0.046489, Municipalities Charge

Allora & Calzadilla
Electromagnetic Field (September 1, 2020, Meter Number 96215234, Consumption Charge 425kWh x $0.04944, Consumption Charge for Additional 805 kWh x $0.05564, Fuel Charge 1,230kWh x $0.05534, Purchase Power Charge 1,230kWh x $0.046489, Municipalities Charge
2020
Iron filings on mirror foil
209.5 x 208.5 x 4.5 cm
82 3/8 x 82 x 1 3/4 in

Electromagnetic Field (September 1, 2020, Meter Number 96215234, Consumption Charge 425kWh x $0.04944, Consumption Charge for Additional 805 kWh x $0.05564, Fuel Charge 1,230kWh x $0.05534, Purchase Power Charge 1,230kWh x $0.046489, Municipalities Charge

Allora & Calzadilla
Electromagnetic Field (September 1, 2020, Meter Number 96215234, Consumption Charge 425kWh x $0.04944, Consumption Charge for Additional 805 kWh x $0.05564, Fuel Charge 1,230kWh x $0.05534, Purchase Power Charge 1,230kWh x $0.046489, Municipalities Charge
2020
Iron filings on mirror foil
209.5 x 208.5 x 4.5 cm
82 3/8 x 82 x 1 3/4 in

Cephalic Signal

Allora & Calzadilla
Cephalic Signal
2017
Digital C-Print
66 x 46 cm
26 x 18 1/8 in

Blackout

Allora & Calzadilla
Blackout
2020
Power transformer, bronze, electricity, vocalists
306.1 x 217.2 x 200 cm
120 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 78 3/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Paul Hester

Blackout

Allora & Calzadilla
Blackout
2020
Power transformer, bronze, electricity, vocalists
306.1 x 217.2 x 200 cm
120 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 78 3/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Paul Hester

Blackout

Allora & Calzadilla
Blackout
2020
Power transformer, bronze, electricity, vocalists
306.1 x 217.2 x 200 cm
120 1/2 x 85 1/2 x 78 3/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Paul Hester

The Night We Became People Again

Allora & Calzadilla
The Night We Became People Again
2017
Digital HD video, colour, sound
15 minutes 7 seconds

The Night We Became People Again

Allora & Calzadilla
The Night We Became People Again
2017
Digital HD video, colour, sound
15 minutes 7 seconds

The Night We Became People Again

Allora & Calzadilla
The Night We Became People Again
2017
Digital HD video, colour, sound
15 minutes 7 seconds

Entelechy

Allora & Calzadilla
Entelechy
2020
Coal, vocalists, pre-recorded audio
434.9 x 950.9 x 1476.4 cm
171 1/8 x 374 1/4 x 581 1/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Paul Hester

Entelechy

Allora & Calzadilla
Entelechy
2020
Coal, Vocalists, Pre-recorded audio
434.9 x 950.9 x 1476.4 cm
171 1/8 x 374 1/4 x 581 1/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

Entelechy

Allora & Calzadilla
Entelechy
2020
Coal, vocalists, pre-recorded audio
434.9 x 950.9 x 1476.4 cm
171 1/8 x 374 1/4 x 581 1/4 in
Installation view, The Menil Collection, Houston, TX. Photo: Paul Hester

Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)

Allora & Calzadilla
Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)
2018
Plant fossils, coal, bioresin 74 x 94 cm 29 1/8 x 37 in

Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)

Allora & Calzadilla
Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)
2018
Plant fossils, coal, bioresin 74 x 94 cm 29 1/8 x 37 in

Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)

Allora & Calzadilla
Ellipsis (Lycopodiophyta)
2018
Plant fossils, coal, bioresin 74 x 94 cm 29 1/8 x 37 in

Breaking into Trunks

Allora & Calzadilla
Breaking into Trunks
2017
35mm film transferred to HD, color, sound
18 minutes 22 seconds

Breaking into Trunks

Allora & Calzadilla
Breaking into Trunks
2017
35mm film transferred to HD, color, sound
18 minutes 22 seconds

Breaking into Trunks

Allora & Calzadilla
Breaking into Trunks
2017
35mm film transferred to HD, color, sound
18 minutes 22 seconds

Breaking into Trunks

Allora & Calzadilla
Breaking into Trunks
2017
35mm film transferred to HD, color, sound
18 minutes 22 seconds

Breaking into Trunks

Allora & Calzadilla
Breaking into Trunks
2017
35mm film transferred to HD, color, sound
18 minutes 22 seconds

Solar Catastrophe

Allora & Calzadilla
Solar Catastrophe
2015
Broken solar cells on canvas 217.8 x 373.4 cm 85 3/4 x 147 in

Solar Catastrophe (detail)

Allora & Calzadilla
Solar Catastrophe (detail)
2015
Broken solar cells on canvas 217.8 x 373.4 cm 85 3/4 x 147 in

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)

Allora & Calzadilla
Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)
2015
Guayanilla–Peñuelas, Puerto Rico © Allora & Calzadilla Photo: Myritza Castillo Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)

Allora & Calzadilla
Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos)
2015
Guayanilla–Peñuelas, Puerto Rico © Allora & Calzadilla Photo: Myritza Castillo Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York

The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy

Allora & Calzadilla
The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy
2014
HD video, colour, sound 20 minutes 39 seconds

The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy

Allora & Calzadilla
The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy
2014
HD video, colour, sound 20 minutes 39 seconds

The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy

Allora & Calzadilla
The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy
2014
HD video, colour, sound 20 minutes 39 seconds

The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy

Allora & Calzadilla
The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy
2014
HD video, colour, sound 20 minutes 39 seconds

I have forgotten my umbrella

Allora & Calzadilla
I have forgotten my umbrella
2011
Patinated cast bronze, waterproof fabric, stainless steel and automotive paint
54 x 40 x 34 in

I have forgotten my umbrella

Allora & Calzadilla
I have forgotten my umbrella
2011
Patinated cast bronze, waterproof fabric, stainless steel and automotive paint
54 x 40 x 34 in

Shape Shifter

Allora & Calzadilla
Shape Shifter
2013

Sandpaper on canvas 254 x 187.3 cm 100 x 73 3/4 in

Shape Shifter (detail)

Allora & Calzadilla
Shape Shifter (detail)
2013

Sandpaper on canvas 254 x 187.3 cm 100 x 73 3/4 in

2 Hose Petrified Petrol Pump

Allora & Calzadilla
2 Hose Petrified Petrol Pump
2012
Stone

Dimensions variable

2 Hose Petrified Petrol Pump (detail)

Allora & Calzadilla
2 Hose Petrified Petrol Pump (detail)
2012
Stone

Dimensions variable 

The Great Silence

Allora & Calzadilla
The Great Silence
2014
HD video, colour, sound
16 minutes 32 seconds

The Great Silence

Allora & Calzadilla
The Great Silence
2014
HD video, colour, sound
16 minutes 32 seconds

The Great Silence

Allora & Calzadilla
The Great Silence
2014
HD video, colour, sound
16 minutes 32 seconds

The Great Silence

Allora & Calzadilla
The Great Silence
2014
Three-channel HD video installation
16 minutes 32 seconds

Back Fire

Allora & Calzadilla
Back Fire
2004
Framed digital C-print photograph
37 x 43.5 cm
14.6 x 17.1 in

Back Fire

Allora & Calzadilla
Back Fire
2004
Framed digital C-print photograph
37 x 43.5 cm
14.6 x 17.1 in

Intervals

Allora & Calzadilla
Intervals
2014
Re-Configured Acrylic Lecterns and Triceratops Horridus Pelvic Ischium 215.9 x 218. 6 x 140.49 cm 85 x 86 x 50 1/4 in

Intervals (detail)

Allora & Calzadilla
Intervals (detail)
2014
Re-Configured Acrylic Lecterns and Triceratops Horridus Pelvic Ischium 215.9 x 218. 6 x 140.49 cm 85 x 86 x 50 1/4 in

Raptor’s Rapture

Allora & Calzadilla
Raptor’s Rapture
2012
HD video, colour, sound
23 minutes 30 seconds

Raptor’s Rapture

Allora & Calzadilla
Raptor’s Rapture
2012
HD video, colour, sound
23 minutes 30 seconds

Exhibitions

  1. Selected Works

    Selected Works

    16 February – 24 April 2021

  2. FOCUS: Allora & Calzadilla, Electromagnetic Field

    FOCUS: Allora & Calzadilla, Electromagneti...

    21 October – 2 November 2020

  3. Horizon

    Horizon

    6 October – 31 October 2020

  4. Allora & Calzadilla: Foreign in a Domestic Sense

    Allora & Calzadilla: Foreign in a Domestic...

    22 September – 11 November 2017

  5. Allora & Calzadilla: Vieques Videos 2003-2011

    Allora & Calzadilla: Vieques Videos 2003-2011

    23 November 2011 – 14 January 2012

  6. Perplexed in Public curated by Elena Crippa and Silvia Sgualdini

    Perplexed in Public curated by Elena Cripp...

    13 June – 20 July 2008

  7. Allora & Calzadilla

    Allora & Calzadilla

    10 October – 17 November 2007

  8. Allora and Calzadilla: Unstable Atmospheres

    Allora and Calzadilla: Unstable Atmospheres

    1 May – 29 May 2004

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