Blackout, an exhibition by internationally renowned artist duo and SACI alumni Allora & Calzadilla, is on view at the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome, from February 16 to May 30, 2018.
Blackout, the latest project by Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla (SACI Alumni, Spring 1995) at the MAXXI, is a body of recent works focusing on the issue of energy and the contradictions of the globalized world between limits and disintegration. Working in the Gallery 5 space, the duo is bringing the exhibition layout and the works themselves into close contact, creating almost a “performative” setting.
Through the story of a paradoxical situation, that of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, the artists analyze diverse critical issues and contradictions associated with energy in regard to its relationship with power, research, environmentalism, and the global political situation, confirming their vocation for reflection on events and circumstances bound up with current socio-political affairs.
Thanks to a critical and visionary approach, the works of Allora & Calzadilla reinterpret the present, offering differing points of view and proposing a new vision of reality. Learn more about the exhibition.
Allora & Calzadilla met while they were students in Florence at SACI (Spring 1995) and have been collaborating together ever since, gaining recognition around the world with their unique mix of sculpture, photography, live performance, sound, and video in both conceptual and dimensional work and installations. Their research is based on cultural, social, political, and historical metaphors. Find out more about SACI alumni.
The MAXXI is the first Italian national institution devoted to contemporary creativity, conceived as a broad cultural campus. The programming of the activities – exhibitions, workshops, conferences, shows, projections, educational projects – reflects MAXXI’s vocation as a place for the conservation and exhibition of its collections but also, and above all, a laboratory for cultural experimentation and innovation, for the study, research and production of the aesthetic contents of our time.
Mains Hum Performance
For the occasion of Blackout, mains hum vocal work (2017), created by American composer David Lang, will be performed on site by the Rome-based vocal ensemble VoxNova Italia at 11:30am and 4:00pm on following dates:
Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4; Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18; Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1; Saturday, April 7; Sunday April 22; Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29; Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13; Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27.
Artapes. Blackout. Allora & Calzadilla.
The screening programme artapes, carried out in cooperation with In Between Art Film, will also devote its new event to the presentation of all videos made by the artistic duo.
The video review accompanies the exhibition, lending it a historical dimension, with works that testify to the artists’ enduring commitment to the analysis of key concepts of contemporaneity such as national identity, democracy, power, freedom, participation and social change.
The videos shot in Puerto Rico, China, Japan, Iran, the USA, Turkey, Italy and France allow us to better understand the centrality of sound in their work: voices, words, noises and music render the violence in political, economic and social relations explicit.
16 February 2018 - 29 April 2018
video gallery – free entrance for all from Tuesday to Friday and every first Sunday of the month
curated by Hou Hanru and Anne Palopoli