Jennifer Allora (born 20 March 1974) and Guillermo Calzadilla (born 10 January 1971) are a collaborative duo of visual artists who live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2011 they will represent USA in the Venice Biennale.Work and career
Jennifer Allora was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she received a BA from the University of Richmond in Virginia (1996), a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003 and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.
Guillermo Calzadilla was born in Havana, Cuba; he received a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996) and an MFA from Bard College in 2001.
The artists met while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. They have worked together since 1995.
In 2007, Allora and Calzadilla exhibited at the Renaissance Society. The show included compositions from ten other Chicago-area musicians.
In 2008 Allora & Calzadilla were featured in the PBS series Art:21.
The artists were finalists for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2005. Their works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and Centre Georges Pompidou, among others.
Allora & Calzadilla have also been shortlisted for London‘s 2011 Fourth Plinth commission. Fourth Plinth
Allora & Calzadilla have collaboratively produced an expansive interdisciplinary body of work including sculpture, photography, performance, sound and video. Their artistic practice engages with history and contemporary geo-political realities, destabilizing and re-ordering them in ways that can be alternately humorous, poetic, and revelatory. Their work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally, including Haus der Kunst, Münich (2008), Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2008), Kunsthalle Zurich (2007), National Museum of Art, Oslo (2009)  and the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2007).
2011 Venice Biennale
On September 8, 2010, the United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) announced the selection of Allora & Calzadilla as the American representative to the 2011 Venice Biennale, marking the first time for artists living in Puerto Rico represent the U.S. The Indianapolis Museum of Art will present their work, which will consist of 6 new commissions.
Other Awards & Grants include: 2006 Nam June Paik Award Finalist 2006 Hugo Boss Prize Finalist 2004 Gwangju Biennial Prize 2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 2000-2001 Cintas Fellowship 2008 DAAD, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Berlin
Michel Feher (ed. by). Non-Governmental Politics, Zone Books & the MIT Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-890951-74-0
Yates McKee, “Allora & Calzadilla. The monstrous dimension of art,” Flash Art, Milan, no. 240, January–February 2005.
J.J. Charlesworth, “Allora & Calzadilla: Power Plays,” Art Review, London, Issue 15, October 2007.
Tom McDonough, “Use What Sinks: Allora & Calzadilla,” Art in America, New York City, no. 1, January 2008.
Yates McKee, "Wake, Vestige, Survival: Sustainability and the Politics of the Trace in Allora and Calzadilla’s Land Mark", October #133, MIT Press, summer 2010.
Reviews and criticism
The Year in Art: Times are Tough? Bring on Vermeer and the Pianos by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, December 20, 2009 
Art in Review: Allora & Calzadilla by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, January 30, 2009
Allora & Calzadilla by Ingrid Chu, Frieze Online Blog, February 23, 2009 
Trumpets and Turtles by Sally O’Reilly, Frieze, Issue 108, June-August 2007
Sound Tracks: Hannah Feldman on the Art of Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla by Hannah Feldman, Artforum, May 2007