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Jennifer Allora (b. 1974, USA) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Cuba) have been working together since 1995. They live and work in Puerto Rico, a hybrid Caribbean culture with a colonial legacy that continues to flourish in the present day under the fragile auspices of the United States. Despite its tropical location and the abundant natural beauty of the surrounding region, Puerto Rico is an island where heavy industry, commerce and space exploration take precedence. It is this fertile and unusual diversity that informs the subject matter and approach behind Allora and Calzadilla's varied body of work.

Cyclones, chalk cylinders, color chromatics, computer codes, cosmic communications, colonial crimes, civil disobedience and capturing sunlight have all featured in their work. Their inventive use of materials and strong sense of the aesthetic and social, encompass art historical references and create a new artistic vocabulary within a psychological, political and social context. Radio Re-Volt: One Person .ooOne Watt was developed during their 2004 artist residency at the Walker Art Center, in collaboration with the Walker Teen Arts Council, and proposes the production of a network of microradio transmitters which can cumulatively match the power of the most powerful radio station in the Twin Cities.

Allora & Calzadilla’s work has been recently included in group shows such as Common Wealth, Tate Modern (London, UK, 2003); How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, US, 2003); and Ailleurs, ici, Musee D’Art Moderne de La Ville De Paris/Arc Au Couvent Des Cordeliers (Paris, France, 2004).  They have had recent solo shows at the Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris, France, 2004); Lisson Gallery (London, England, 2004); and ICA Boston (Boston, US, 2004).

For more info on Allora and Calzadilla:
http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/53/fe ... quiry.html

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