Allora & Calzadilla have developed an expansive body of work that explores contemporary geopolitics, cultural artefacts and the deep time of archaeological history. Combining sculpture, live performance, video, sound and photography in varying combinations, their practice explores storytelling structures and narrative conventions.
The duo’s work has been shown internationally in solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada (2015); Fabric Workshop and Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US (2014); Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Palazzo Cusani, Milan (2013); Indianapolis Museum of Art, US (2012); Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2008) and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008), among others. Their work has also been exhibited in numerous group shows, including Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017); Making Nature, Wellcome Collection, London (2016); Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan, Aichi Triennale, Japan (2016); Experiencia Infinita, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2015); The People’s Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, US (2014); Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin American Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); 10th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012) and Performance 9, MoMA, New York (2011).
Allora & Caldazilla were shortlisted for both the Hugo Boss Prize and Nam June Paik Award in 2006. They won the Gwangju Biennale Prize in 2004 and the Penny McCall Foundation Grant in 2003.
Jennifer Allora received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, US (1996) and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US (2003). She also completed the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (1999). Guillermo Calzadilla received his BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan (1996) and his MFA from Bard College, New York (2001).
Allora was born in 1974 in Philadelphia, US, and Calzadilla was born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. They both currently live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
These artists were part of Sharjah Biennial 13.