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 ‘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 and 51st Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy (2015, 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 8th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (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:

‘Ecosystems’, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA, 20 May – 1 September 2019 

'Graft', Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, 29 May – 1 December 2019

'The Tropical Pharmacy', Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain, 15 March – 23 June 2019

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

Allora & Calzadilla
Contract (SWMU 14), 2015
Silkscreen on linen 243.8 x 182.9 cm 96 x 72 in

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Allora & Calzadilla
Shape Shifter, 2013

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

Allora & Calzadilla
Shape Shifter (detail) , 2013

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

Allora & Calzadilla
2 Hose Petrified Petrol Pump , 2012
Stone

Dimensions variable

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

Dimensions variable 

Allora & Calzadilla
Algorithm, 2011
Atm, Pipe Organ, Computer

Installation view: “Gloria” US Pavilion, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Algorithm, 2011
Atm, Pipe Organ, Computer

Installation view: “Gloria” US Pavilion, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Track and Field, 2011
Tank and treadmill, runner (Dan O’Brien, 1996 Olympic Decathalon Gold Medalist, depicted)

Installation view: “Gloria” US Pavilion, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Track and Field, 2011
Tank and treadmill, runner (Dan O’Brien, 1996 Olympic Decathalon Gold Medalist, depicted)

Installation view: “Gloria” US Pavilion, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Body in Flight (American), 2011
Stained Wood, gymnasts (Dave Durante, 2007 US All-Around Gymnastics Champion, depicted)

Installation view: “Gloria” US Pavilion, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Body in Flight (Delta), 2011
Stained Wood, gymnasts (Rachel Salzman, USA Gymnastics, depicted)

Installation view' Gloria' US Pavilion presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
Body in Flight (Delta), 2011
Stained Wood, gymnasts (Rachel Salzman, USA Gymnastics, depicted)

Installation view' Gloria' US Pavilion presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 54th International Art Exhibition, La Bienal di Venezia
Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Allora & Calzadilla
The bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame, 2010

Painted bronze

60 x 50 x 40 cm 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 x 15 5/8 in

Allora & Calzadilla
Intermission (Halloween Iraq: Portrait 1), 2010

Woodcut print on linen

121.9 x 160 cm 48 x 63 in    

Allora & Calzadilla
Half Mast/Full Mast, 2010
Dual Channel High Definition Color Video Projection, Silent

21:11 min loop

Allora & Calzadilla
Half Mast/Full Mast, 2010
Dual Channel High Definition Color Video Projection, Silent

21:11 min loop

Allora & Calzadilla
Compass, 2009
Suspended wooden drop ceiling, dancers (Raymundo Vega, depicted)

Dimensions variable

Installation view: “Compass” Kurimanzutto Gallery, Mexico, DFPhoto: Michel Zabé Thiria

Allora & Calzadilla
How To Appear Invisible , 2009

Super 16 mm film transferred on disc. 

Single channel projection with sound 

22:36:12 

Allora & Calzadilla
Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations of Ode to Joy for a Prepared Piano, 2008

Prepared Bechstein piano, pianist (Andrea Giehl, depicted in photo)

Allora & Calzadilla
Wake Up, 2007
Mixed Media, Live Performance with sound, and pre-recorded sound commissions by Franz Hautzinger Mazen Kerbaj, Ingrid Jensen, Leonel Kaplan, Paul Smoker, Natsuki Tamura, and Birgit Ulher.

Installation View: Kunsthalle Zurich
Photo: Wilfried Petzi

Allora & Calzadilla
Sediments Sentiments (Figures of Speech), 2007

Mixed media installation, live performance and pre-recorded sound-track wood,expandable foam, jesmonite and paint

295 x 450 x 300 cm 116 1/4 x 175 1/4 x 118 1/8 in


Allora & Calzadilla
Sediments Sentiments (Figures of Speech), 2007

Mixed media installation, live performance and pre-recorded sound-track wood,expandable foam, jesmonite and paint

295 x 450 x 300 cm 116 1/4 x 175 1/4 x 118 1/8 in


Allora & Calzadilla
Unrealizable Goals , 2007

Single channel video with sound, colour,

Variable 6 minutes 22 seconds

Allora & Calzadilla
Clamor, 2006
Plaster, Foam, Pigment, 1 Tuba, 1Trumpet, 2 Tombones, 1 Flute, 1 Drum Kit, Pre-recorded Sound, and Live Musicians

Installation view: Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich
Photo: A. Burger

Allora & Calzadilla
Hope Hippo, 2005
Mud, Whistle, Daily Newspaper, Reader.

Installation View: “Always a Little Further” 51st International Art Exhibition, la Bienal di Venezia
Photo:  Giorgio Boata

Allora & Calzadilla
Under Discussion, 2005
Single Channel Video Projection with Sound

6:14 min


Allora & Calzadilla
Back Fire , 2004

Framed digital C-print photograph

37 x 43.5 x 2.5 cm 14 5/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 in

Allora & Calzadilla
Back Fire , 2004

Framed digital C-print photograph

37 x 43.5 x 2.5 cm 14 58 x 17 1/8 x 1 in

Allora & Calzadilla
Back Fire, 2004

Framed digital C-print photograph

37 x 43.5 x 2.5 cm 14 5/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 in

Allora & Calzadilla
Returning a Sound, 2004
Single Channel Video Projection with Sound

5:42 min


Allora & Calzadilla
Puerto Rican Light, 1998/2003
Dan Flavin, Puerto Rican Light (to Jeannie Blake), 1965.  Allora & Calzadilla, Puerto  Rican Light, 

Battery bank containing solar panels, batteries, & inverter.

147.5 x 147.5 x 61 cm 58 x 58 x 24 in 

Installation View: Common Wealth, Tate Modern, London

Photo: Allora & Calzadilla

Exhibitions

  1. Allora & Calzadilla: Foreign in a Domestic...

    22 September – 11 November 2017

  2. Allora & Calzadilla: Vieques Videos 2003-2011

    23 November 2011 – 14 January 2012

  3. Perplexed in Public curated by Elena Cripp...

    13 June – 20 July 2008

  4. Allora & Calzadilla

    10 October – 17 November 2007

  5. Allora and Calzadilla: Unstable Atmospheres

    1 May – 29 May 2004

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