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9 mars 2008 7 09 /03 /mars /2008 00:19
Jennifer Allora, born 1974 in Philadelphia, USA, and Guillermo Calzadilla, born 1972, in Havana, Cuba, both live and work in Puerto Rico Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla have been working collaboratively since 1995. Their work encompasses the media of sculpture, performance, architecture and social or public intervention, thus reflecting on the complex intersections of global politics and personal identity.

Often their activities take place outside the institutional art context pointing to disturbing conditions or issues, and in doing so provoke a public discussion which actually reaches out to a broader public. Most importantly though, their conceptual work, albeit critical, is underlined with poetry and playfulness that make it most enjoyable to experience. Specially for Art & Entrepreneurship the artists have developed a new photographic work: Figures Of Speech. The piece continues the artists’ investigation into the meaning and impact of political rhetoric in the international arena. Utilizing images from recent world events, the newspaper cuttings spell out quotations, whereby the images collected function as letters forming a type of human alphabet. The letters made of pictures spell out iconic quotes ranging from Ronald Reagan’s statement “I Am A Contra”, delivered on March 4, 1987, addressing the nation on the Iran Arms and Contra Aid Controversy; to the Ayatollah Khomeini’s famous statement “I Don’t Feel a Thing”, said in response to news reporter Peter Jennings’ question “What do you feel in returning to Iran?”

In 2000 Allora & Calzadilla could be seen in a large international context at the Havana Biennial. This was followed by participation at the Tate Modern, London, the 51st Venice Biennial, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, the Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Kunsthalle Zurich and the Serpentine Gallery, London, in 2007.

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