Allora & Calzadilla. Graft

May 26 - Dec 1 2019       Gorky Park, ul. Krymsky Val 9/32
The Puerto-Rico-based duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present their first major solo project in Russia as part of the Garage Square Commission series.
Visitors to the park and the Museum have the unique opportunity to witness the phantom blooming of Roble Amarillo trees (Tabebuia chrysantha), a common native species in the Caribbean. Recreating the delicate yellow flowers of these tropical trees, thousands of artificial blossoms will remain scattered across Garage Square throughout the summer and winter as an enduring reminder of the increasingly rapid disappearance of the planet’s biodiversity.
Graft alludes directly to global climatic transformations. More frequent and violently destructive hurricanes in recent years have been the direct cause of millions of fallen trees in the Caribbean region. Rising global temperatures have added additional pressure to this biodiversity hotspot. The Caribbean, from the days of Christopher Columbus onward, has been systematically exploited and subsequently depleted of much of its original flora and fauna. While deforestation can certainly be said to be the primary legacy of colonialism in the Caribbean, this region, along with the 35 others worldwide named as hotspots (which amount to just 2.4% of the land surface of the earth) support nearly 60% of the world's plant, bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species. By using an approach that is both poetic and scientific, Allora & Calzadilla create a boundary-transcending installation that provokes a subtle yet powerful visualization of the ecological crisis which we must all collectively confront. 



May 26 2019 - Dec 1 2019
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Gorky Park, ul. Krymsky Val 9/32
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