Working at the intersection of video, performance, and sculpture, artists Jennifer Allora (b. Philadelphia, USA, 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. Havana, Cuba, 1971) are a major reference in the artistic practices of the past two decades. The Tropical Pharmacy articulates three works in a cohesive set that has been specifically conceived for its presentation at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s gallery 103. This exhibition exemplifies the consistency and diversity of works made by the artists in their home island of Puerto Rico—a territory they investigate as a prism for contemporary intersections of global geopolitical, ecological, and cultural history issues.
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Providing the title to the exhibition, The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy (2013) spectacularly documents the demolition of one of the largest US-
While the idea of a “tropical pharmacy” evokes the great potential of the Caribbean-
As an articulated whole, the three pieces included in The Tropical Pharmacy exemplify Allora & Calzadilla’s characteristic operations where the functions of everyday objects are transformed, collaged, and reinvented within contexts of urgency. In their transformative drive, their works are responses to material despair and attempts to reactivate hope.
Curator: Manuel Cirauqui
Allora & Calzadilla, La cloche, la pelleteuse et la pharmacie tropicale (The Bell, The Digger, and The Tropical Pharmacy), 2013. Vidéo haute définition en couleur avec son, 20 min 40 s. Courtoisie des artistes © Jennifer Allora, Guillermo Calzadilla
Exhibition March 15, June 23, 2019. Guggenheim Bilbao, Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009 Bilbao (Spain). T.: +34 94 43 59 080. Hours : Tuesday -