Allora & Calzadilla


Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain
June 20th, 2024 — January 6th, 2025

Allora & Calzadilla, KLIMA, exhibition view, Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao, Spain (2024). Foreground: Graft, 2021; Recycled polyvinyl chloride and paint, dimensions variable; Courtesy of Colección Isabel y Agustín Coppel. Background: Penumbra, 2020; Computer generated shadow animation, synch with sun-path in real time, sound; Courtesy of Fundação Serralves.

Curated by Fernando Pérez, Director of Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga Bilbao, the exhibition brings together, for the first time in Bilbao, some of Allora & Calzadilla’s most important works from the last decade.

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 œuvre: 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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