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Internationally renowned artist duo Allora & Calzadilla discuss their practice and their forthcoming Kaldor Public Art Project #26 in Melbourne, Stop, Repair, Prepare… in which they integrate sound, performance and sculpture to create a captivating new experience for audiences.
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla are a collaborative duo of visual artists who live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Jennifer Allora was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996) and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003). Guillermo Calzadilla was born in Havana, Cuba and received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College (2001). Collaborating since 1995, they approach visual art as a set of experiments that test whether ideas such as authorship, nationality, borders, and democracy adequately describe today’s increasingly global and consumerist society. Their hybrid works—often a unique mix of sculpture, photography, performance, sound, and video—explore the physical and conceptual act of mark-making and its survival through traces. By drawing historical, cultural, and political metaphors out of basic materials, Allora and Calzadilla’s works explore the complex associations between an object and its meaning. Major exhibitions include the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2007); Kunsthalle Zurich (2007); Dallas Museum of Art (2006); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (2006); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2004); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2004). Residencies include P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City (1998–99); Whitney Independent Study Program, New York (1998–99); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2003–04); and Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California (2004). Allora and Calzadilla were short-listed for the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize (2006) and received a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) fellowship for 2008.
Lieven Bertels is the director of the Sydney Festival, Australia’s leading performing arts festival. Before moving to Australia, Lieven was the artistic coordinator for the Holland Festival (Amsterdam), overlooking the music programme and its dramaturgy. He was also guest curator for the 2008 Gaida festival in Vilnius, Lithuania. Lieven studied Musicology at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and received an MA in Composition at the University of Durham (UK). He briefly worked for BBC Scotland and Decca Records Ltd., returning to Belgium to become lecturer and later head of the Audio Dept. at the Brussels Film academy RITS, and to work as a radio producer at the Belgian national broadcaster VRT. From 2001 until 2004, he was artistic director of the new Concertgebouw in Bruges, Belgium, an arts centre serving a broad and original mix of art forms.
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Presented in partnership with Kaldor Public Art Projects
This event is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Allora & Calzdilla, Stop, Repair, Prepare: Variations on 'Od to Joy’, 2008, The Museum of Modern Art, Gift of the Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf, Photo: Yi-Chun WU/Museum of Modern Art