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Lived/Active: United States/Puerto Rico      Known for: performance, sculpture, video, audio and collaborative art

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Jennifer Allora (born 20 March 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born 10 January 1971) are a collaborative* duo of visual artists who live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They represented the USA in the 2011 Venice Biennale*.

Jennifer Allora was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996), a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Guillermo Calzadilla was born in Havana, Cuba; he received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College in 2001.

The artists met while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. They have worked together since 1995.

In 2007, Allora and Calzadilla exhibited at the Renaissance Society. The show included compositions from ten other Chicago-area musicians.

In 2008 Allora & Calzadilla were featured in the PBS series Art:21.

Allora & Calzadilla participated in the 5th and 7th Gwangju Biennale (2004 and 2008).

The artists were finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize* in 2005. Their works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.

Allora & Calzadilla have also been shortlisted for London's 2011 Fourth Plinth commission.

Allora & Calzadilla have collaboratively produced an expansive interdisciplinary body of work including sculpture, photography, performance, sound and video. Their artistic practice engages with history and contemporary geo-political realities, destabilizing and re-ordering them in ways that can be alternately humorous, poetic, and revelatory.

Their work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally, including Haus der Kunst, Münich (2008), Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007), Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France (2008), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2008), Kunsthalle Zurich (2007), National Museum of Art, Oslo (2009) and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007).

On September 8, 2010, the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced the selection of Allora & Calzadilla as the American representative to the 2011 Venice Biennale, marking the first time for artists living in Puerto Rico represent the U.S. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will present their work, which will consist of 6 new commissions. In The Brooklyn Rail, writer David St.-Lascaux describes the pavilion installation* Gloria: "First, there’s the tank, lying upside down in the gravel. Then there’s the architrave: STATI UNITI D’AMERICA, in Trajan column capitals. And then there’s the 7’6” copy of the U.S. Capitol’s crowning Statue of Freedom, in blackened bronze, lying inside the 'Solaris 442 sun bed.'"

Other Awards & Grants
    •    2007 Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award laureate, France.
    •    2006 Nam June Paik Award Finalist
    •    2006 Hugo Boss Prize Finalist
    •    2004 Gwangju Biennial Prize
    •    2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
    •    2000-2001 Cintas Fellowship
    •    2008 DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin

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