Meet the artistic duo Allora & Calzadilla for Small Talk, an informal conversation happening on Zoom facilitated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá. Works by Allora & Calzadilla are now on view in The Willfulness of Objects.
Since 1995, Jennifer Allora (b. 1974, United States) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Cuba) have built a research-based practice that responds critically to the intersections between culture, history, and geopolitics. The duo produces interdisciplinary works combining performance, sculpture, sound, video, and photography. Allora & Calzadilla live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and have exhibited their work in exhibitions around the world. In 2011, they represented the United States at the Venice Biennale.
Currently on view, Graft comprises thousands of cast blossoms of the Tabebuia chrysantha tree, a common native species in the Caribbean, appear as though a wind had swept them across the floor. Graft alludes to environmental changes set in motion through the interlocking effects of colonial exploitation and global climatic transformation. Systemic deforestation and depletion of the Caribbean’s original flora and fauna is one of the primary legacies of colonialism.
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