• Allora & Calzadilla, Apotoē, 2013, Super 16 transferred to HD video, color, sound, running time TBD.

    Allora & Calzadilla

    Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
    Piazza Eleonora Duse, 4
    October 22–November 24, 2013

    Curated by Massimiliano Gioni

    In their first large-scale exhibition since representing the US at the Venice Biennale in 2011, the Puerto Rico–based artists Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla will stage an exhibition that continues their investigation of colonization, examining the roles that sound and music play in conditioning both collective memory and individual behavior. The venue (which also serves as NATO’s headquarters in Milan) will house a selection of older works, two site-specific commissions, and a trio of new videos, including Apotomē, the artists’ haunting meditation on the psychological and sociocultural properties of the human voice. Centered around the remains of Hans and Parkie, two elephants for whom a special concert was held at Paris’s Jardin des Plantes in 1798, the work features songs from that performance (such as the revolutionary anthem “Ça ira”) sung by Tim Storms, the man with the world’s deepest voice—so deep, in fact, that it can only be heard by elephants.