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Jennifer Allora, born in 1974, in Philadelphia, U.S.A.
Guillermo Calzadilla, born in 1971, in La Havana, Cuba.
Through a complex research-oriented practice, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have collaborated on an extensive and experimental body of work since 1995. Critically addressing 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.
Allora & Calzadilla question the structural and narrative conventions of storytelling, the potential of language and its materiality. This dynamic engagement results in an acute attention to both the conceptual and the material, the metaphoric as well as the literal.
“We could say that the trace is our medium; at once a poetic trope and a set of material operations, the trace links presence and absence, inscription and erasure, preservation and destruction, and appearance and disappearance.”
— Allora & Calzadilla
Jennifer Allora received her BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and MS from MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003); Guillermo Calzadilla completed his BFA from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico (1996) and MFA from Bard College in New York (2001).
Allora & Calzadilla have been the recipients of numerous grants and awards, from foundations such as the Gwangju Biennial (2004); Penny McCall Foundation (2003); 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.
In 2017, they were awarded The Scientific Merit Award for science and The Audience Award, at the 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival in New York.
Solo exhibitions of their work have been held in international institution such as the Menil Collection, Houston (2020); Guggenheim Bilbao (2019); Walker Art Center (2019); MAXXI, Rome (2018); the Abbaye de Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise (2016); the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2016); Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum (2014); Trussardi Foundation, Milan (2013); Indianapolis Museum of Art (2012); the US Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo (2009); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); Kunsthalle Zürich (2007) and The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007).
In 2016, the special project Puerto Rican Light (Cueva Vientos) was presented by Dia Art Foundation, at El Convento Natural Protected Area, Puerto Rico.
They were also featured in several international group shows and biennials including the Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); Aichi Triennale (2016); the 51st and 56th Venice Biennale (2005, 2015); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); the 5th, 7th, and 10th Gwangju Biennials (2004, 2008, 2014); the 24th and 29th São Paulo Biennial (1998, 2010).
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla's works have joined the collections of the Tate Modern, London; Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art; American Friends of Israel Museum, New-York; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Kunstmuseum Krefeld; Israel Museum Collections, Tel Aviv; Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Museion Bolzano; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce; Museum of Modern Art, New-York; National Museum of Art, Osaka; Guggenheim Museum, New-York; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Zabludowicz Collection, London, among others.