Allora & Calzadilla, MCA

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have been collaborating since 1995, approaching visual art as a series of experiments testing whether ideas such as authorship, nationality, borders, and democracy adequately describe today’s increasingly global and consumerist society.
Their unique hybrid works combine sculpture, photography, performance, sound and video, exploring the physical and conceptual act of mark making and its survival through traces. By drawing historical, cultural, and political metaphors from basic materials, they examine and challenge the complex associations between an object and its meaning.
Allora and Calzadilla presented new work in the prestigious 2012 Documenta exhibition, Germany, and represented the USA at the 2011 Venice Biennale. They have exhibited at major Museums and Biennales including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2011; the National Museum of Art, Oslo, 2009; Temporäre Kunstalle Berlin, 2009; the Serpentine Gallery, London, 2007; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006 and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2004.
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 program 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 Department at RITS, the Brussels Film academy, and to work as a radio producer at VRT, the Belgian national broadcaster. 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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Concession - $8