This summer, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will continue its series of Garage Square Commissions, which are presented in front of its Rem Koolhaas-
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Allora & Calzadilla will produce Graft, a boundary-
In recent years, the Caribbean—and Allora & Calzadilla’s home of Puerto Rico in particular—has suffered from more frequent and more violently destructive hurricanes than in the past, which has resulted in critical habitat loss. The Caribbean has been systematically exploited since the days of Christopher Columbus, depleting it of much of its original flora and fauna, a situation that has only been exacerbated by rising global temperatures and extreme weather. Graft emphasizes the close link between the historic inequalities and injustices caused by colonization and their worsening due to the forces of global climate change.
The horticultural term “graft” refers to the joining together of plant parts by means of tissue regeneration, and in this way the title alludes to a symbolic graft: the transplanting of a portion of these non-
Through an approach that is both poetic and scientific, Graft is the result of the artists’ consistent attention to the Caribbean, one of the 36 endangered biodiversity hotspots worldwide and something they describe as a “unique vantage point [from] an archipelago of paradox(es), hybridit(ies), violenc(es), and beaut(ies).” Graft also resonates with the themes examined in The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100, a major exhibition at Garage that will run parallel to the commission and explore important issues around environmentalism and ecology. See the page on ArtCatalyse.
Curator: Snejana Krasteva
Exhibition May 26, December 1st, 2019. Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Gorky Park, 9/32 Krymsky Val St. -
Allora & Calzadilla, Tabebuia chrysantha flowers. © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.