b. 1995, Puerto Rico

Allora & Calzadilla Artworks

Allora & Calzadilla made their first collaborative work in 1998 with Charcoal Dance Floor at Luigi Marrozzini Gallery in San Juan. It was a charcoal drawing of dancers on a disco floor drawn realistically from an aerial perspective onto a grid of 40 wooden panels.

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Their work usually involves some aspects of the relational or social, focusing on geopolitical or ecological issues. Their complicated research-based practice is especially interested in the relationship between sound and U.S. militarism. To do this, often a wide range of technical expertise is involved for the production of sculpture or installations.

Their most spectacular work is probably the outdoor performance Allora & Calzadilla created for the 2011 Venice Biennale outside the U.S. Pavilion. Part of the Gloria exhibition, Track and Field presented a 60-ton British military tank, belly up so that its rotating tracks turned a treadmill placed on top, and functioning so that eight members of the American Olympic squad could train in front of a large audience.

Another humorous work was a low-key performance successfully made into a video. Returning a Sound (2004) mocked U.S. military marching bands by attaching a raucous trumpet to a motor scooter's exhaust, loudly squawking as it was driven around Puerto Rico's Vieques Island, once a U.S. naval base.

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Contract (AOC L) by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork print
Allora & Calzadilla Contract (AOC L), 2014 Silkscreen on linen
243 x 182 cm
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Aeolian Chart by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork painting
Allora & Calzadilla Aeolian Chart, 2023 Watercolour on paper
129.5 x 208.5 cm
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Penumbra by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork print
Allora & Calzadilla Penumbra, 2020–2022 Digital projection with sound
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Graft by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork sculpture
Allora & Calzadilla Graft, 2021 Recycled polyvinyl chloride
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Solar Catastrophe by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Allora & Calzadilla Solar Catastrophe, 2016 Broken solar cells on canvas
219.4 x 375.5 cm
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Electromagnetic Field #9 by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork painting
Allora & Calzadilla Electromagnetic Field #9, 2019 Iron filings on linen
101.6 x 76.2 x 3.8 cm
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Manuscript (Suffrage I) by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork print
Allora & Calzadilla Manuscript (Suffrage I), 2017 Silkscreen print on linen
203 x 135 cm
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Contract (AOC L) by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork sculpture
Allora & Calzadilla Contract (AOC L), 2014 Silkscreen on linen
243 x 182 cm
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Dust Storm II by Allora & Calzadilla contemporary artwork print
Allora & Calzadilla Dust Storm II, 2016 Hand made prints from wood template (ink on linen)
88.5 x 147 cm
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