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Intermission (Halloween Iraq IV)

  • 2010
  • Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla
  • Woodcut print on synthetic canvas
  • 304,8 x 426,7 cm
GIs in Iraq wear animal masks and an alien mask while riding donkeys, while in Afghanistan, two soldiers dressed as comic-book hero Captain America and an X-Men character are running a marathon. Due to their size, these pieces of fabric bearing woodblock prints based on amateur photos make an ironic reference to large tapestries of battle scenes. The title of the series suggests that the events occured between episodes of combat. Each work features symbols of conflict, such as the provocatively patriotic figure of Captain America, or the masked soldiers who allude to the Riders of the Apocalypse.

© Allora & Calzadilla. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage

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Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla

Living and working in Puerto Rico, a Caribbean island and unincorporated US territory, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla examine local political and ecological situations from a universal perspective.

Interested in the relationship between nature and culture, more specifically in post-colonial landscapes marked by new conflicts, their works bring together popular and artistic elements in videos, performances and photographs.

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