Puerto Rico-based artist duo Allora & Calzadilla, who are currently representing the United States the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale [see previous posts America’s Allora & Calzadilla Crushing Competition at Venice Biennale and Puerto Rico–based Creative Duo Allora & Calzadilla Chosen for the 2011 Venice Biennale], were featured by Roberto Croci in the May-June 2011 issue of L’Uomo Vogue:
Jennifer Allora was born in Philadelphia in 1974, Guillermo Calzadilla in Havana in 1971. Their collaboration began in 1995 with a series of experiments that brought into discussion complex themes such as national identity, religion, militarism and democracy, problems that are still at the basis of their artistic research. The duo work using hybrid techniques that investigate the profound relationships between object and concept.
Their works have been exhibited all over the world including MoMA, Haus der Kunst, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Stedelijk Museum, Kunsthalle Zurich, National Museum of Art in Oslo.
They bring to the Venice Biennial “works that include sculpture, performance, video and sound. Each piece represents works that recall familiar symbols and forms interpreted in absurd, paradoxical ways. We have been working on some of them for years”, they explain.
[Photo by Mark Seliger (For him. Suit and shirt, Ralph Lauren. For her. Suit/Dress Calvin Klein. Fashion editor Deborah Afshani). Roberto Croci, L’Uomo Vogue, May-June 2011 (n. 421), p. 227.]