Allora & Calzadilla to represent U.S. in Venice Biennale

In the upcoming Venice Biennale, the U.S. will feature the Puerto Rico-based artistic team of Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, in a display curated by Lisa Freiman, chair of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s contemporary art department.  The duo will present six new works in the American pavilion, on exhibit from June 4 – November 27, 2011.

Known for their interactive and politically charged work, Allora & Calzadilla have announced that their new site-specific pieces will “analyze contemporary geopolitics through the lens of spectacular nationalistic and competitive enterprises such as the Olympic Games, international commerce, war, the military-industrial complex and even the Biennale itself.” This selection marks the first time that an artist collaboration has been chosen to represent the U.S.  It is also the first year that performance and installation-based work will be the main component of the American display. 

An example of work by Allora & Calzadilla, “Clamor” from 2006:

This installation was accompanied by a performance in the gallery in which a group of musicians played various elements of war songs from multiple geographic locations and historical periods simultaneously from within the structure.