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Graft: Allora & Calzadilla take part into the Garage Square Commission series

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The Puerto-Rico-based duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla present, as part of the Garage Square Commission series, their first major solo project in Russia under the title of Graft.

Visitors to both the park and the Museum have the unique opportunity to witness the phantom blooming of Roble Amarillo trees (Tabebuia chrysantha), a native species in the Caribbean. Recreating the delicate artificial, yellow blossoms of these tropical trees scattered across Garage Square throughout the summer and winter as an ongoing reminder of the fragile existence of the planet’s biodiversity, alluding directly to global climatic transformations.

Allora & Calzadilla’s poetic and scientific approach creates an installation that brings about a subtle yet powerful visualisation of the ecological crisis to be collectively confronted. In Graft, tropical tree flowers, scattered under the trees on Garage square become the ghosts of fallen trees that haunt the place where they now are present.

Lara Morrell

  • Allora & Calzadilla, Tabebuia chrysantha flowers. © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Allora & Calzadilla, Tabebuia chrysantha flowers. © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.