Concentrations 50: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
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Concentrations 50: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art.
Concentrations exhibition support is provided by the Donor Circle membership program through leadership gifts of Claire Dewar, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Caren Prothro, and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky.
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Created by the artistic team of Jennifer Allora (b. 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1972), the videos "Under Discussion" (2005) and "Amphibious (Login-Logout)" (2005) explore the nature of place as a way of opening up discussion about contemporary issues such as colonialism, development, and globalization. "Under Discussion" takes up the uncertain status of the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, while "Amphibious (Login-Logout)," filmed along the banks of the Pearl River Delta in China, follows the path of six turtles as they float slowly downstream on a log, taking in the sights and sounds of what has now become one of the most important industrial centers in the world.
Both films offer up a considered visual meditation on the intersection of culture and nature, tradition and progress, and history and geography. Presented without direction or comment, ongoing changes and transformations of the landscape and its inhabitants are quietly and subtly revealed, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions about the complicated issues raised by these films.
Allora and Calzadilla first began working together in 1997 and quickly gained international attention for a poetic body of work in a variety of media - from sculpture to photography, drawing, video, performance, and installation - that sought to engage the viewer both aesthetically and politically by providing a forum for dialogue and debate. They have had solo shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (both 2004). Group shows include 24th Bienal de São Paulo (1998); 7th Biennial of Havana (2000); How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age, Walker Art Center (2003); Away from Home, The Wexner Center for the Arts (2003); Common Wealth, Tate Modern (2003); Guwangju Biennale, South Korea (2005); 51st Venice Biennale (2005); and Day for Night, The Whitney Biennial (2006). Recently they were shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Award.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.