Allora & Calzadilla. "Privoy" automatic translate
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"Privoy" is an installation by Allora & Calzadilla, an art duet from Puerto Rico (Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla), created as part of the Garage Square Commission.
Visitors to the Museum and Gorky Park will see the phantom bloom of phantom tabebuya golden (Tabebuia chrysantha) - a tree characteristic of the Caribbean. The Arts Square in front of the Museum will be covered with thousands of artificial flowers of this tropical plant. Tab ubeyi flowers, atypical for our latitudes, discovered and “grafted” to trees in the center of Moscow (which the project’s name hints at) refer to large-scale environmental changes leading to monstrous natural disasters and a rapid reduction of the planet’s biodiversity.
Today, the Caribbean, whose natural resources have been systematically exploited since the time of Christopher Columbus, has lost a significant part of its original flora and fauna. Destructive and increasingly frequent hurricanes - a consequence of global climate change - are causing the death of millions of trees in this so-called focus of biodiversity - a region that is a significant source of biodiversity and is also threatened with extinction. To date, there are 36 foci of biodiversity, which occupy 2, 4% of the entire land surface, while they inhabit about 60% of all plant species on Earth, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
With their poetic and scientific meticulousness, Allora & Calzadilla creates a subtle, lyrical, but therefore even more effective visualization of the environmental crisis. The tabebuyi flowers scattered in the square are a kind of ghosts of distant (and possibly lost) places. They are creepy Freudian - on the one hand, because of their naturalism, and on the other, because of their own irrelevance and even “impossibility”: how could Tabebuya flowers appear in trees of a different species? This “naturalistic impossibility” is the most accurate image of irreversible environmental changes to which we are all involved.
The themes raised by the Scion project echo the large-scale exhibition “The Coming World: Ecology and New Politics. 2030–2100 ” , which will be held at the Garage Museum from June 28 to December 1, 2019.
Curator: Snezhana Krasteva
Allora & Calzadilla (Jennifer Allora, born 1974, Philadelphia, and Guillermo Calzadilla, born 1971, Havana) is an art duet based in San Juan (Puerto Rico). Since 1995, the duo Allora & Calzadilla has created many experimental works, appealing to various artistic media, including performance, sculpture, sound and video art. The unique visual language of Allora & Calzadilla, which reflects the duet’s interest in history, material culture and politics, is inextricably linked with a critical and visionary approach to meaning-making.
The duo’s solo exhibitions were held in the Serpentine Gallery (London), the Kunsthalle Zurich, the City Museum (Amsterdam), the House of Art (Munich), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art "Castello di Rivoli" (Turin), the Philadelphia Art Museum MAXXI (Rome), Antoni Tapies Foundation (Barcelona), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Renaissance Society (Chicago), Palais de Tokyo (Paris) and others. In 2011, artists represented the United States at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2015, commissioned by the Art Foundation Dia, the duo created a site-specific installation “Puerto Rican Light” for the southern coast of Puerto Rico.
Allora & Calzadilla participated in various group exhibitions around the world, including exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), the National Museum of Contemporary and Contemporary Art (Seoul, 2017), the Royal Academy of Arts (London, 2016), Hong Kong Art Center ( 2016), the Lung Museum (Shanghai, 2015), the Pompidou Center (Paris, 2014), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, 2014). Artists also participated in dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, 2012), the 24th and 29th Biennale in Sao Paulo (1998, 2010), the 5th, 7th and 10th Biennale in Gwangju (Republic Korea, 2004, 2008, 2014), 1st and 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005, 2007), 51st and 56th Venice Biennale (2005, 2015), Whitney Biennale (New York, 2006), 8th and 13th Sharjah Biennale (United Arab Emirates, 2007, 2017).