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Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy

American installation artists, active also in Puerto Rico. Jennifer Allora (b Philadelphia, Mar 20, 1974) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Richmond, Virginia (1996), and Guillermo Calzadilla (b Havana, Cuba, Jan 10, 1971) graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Escuela de Artes Plastica in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1996). Allora and Calzadilla met in Italy in 1995 during a study abroad program in Florence. They then lived together in San Juan for a year before moving to New York City where they started working collaboratively while each participated in different residency and study programs. In 1998–1999, Allora participated in the year-long Whitney Independent Study Program, while Calzadilla participated in the P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center National Studio Program.

Allora & Calzadilla’s first important international exhibition was the XXIV Bienal de São Paulo in 1998 curated by Paulo Herkenhoff, which investigated the idea of cultural cannibalism known in Brazilian literature as ...

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Daniel Montero

(b Mexico City, 1970).

Mexican installation artist, video artist, and performance artist. Amorales studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, after attending Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (1996–1997), both in Amsterdam. He worked with images and signs of different types that when modified, combined, and recoded produce new images and meanings in turn. Based on pre-existing information and images he found on the Internet, Amorales created a particular way of working, more closely resembling that of a design studio than a traditional artist’s atelier. In his workspace and with a team of assistants, he proposed different ways of understanding the forms in which signs circulate and are appropriated, inquiring into notions of authorship, communication, and artistic media. From 1998 Amorales collected images from the Internet and converterted them into black, white, and red vectors. This collection is now known as the Liquid Archive. With these images, he produced several artworks in which multiplicity, repetition, and juxtaposition are constant. For example, in the video ...

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Spanish, 21st century, female.

Born 1989, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Performance artist. Installation, video and net-art, social-media art, Instagram art.

Amalia Ulman studied Fine Arts at Central Saint Martins in London, receiving her BFA in 2011. Ulman is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is concerned with consumerism and how identity is constructed through social media, class, and social status. She works in a variety of mediums including installations, sculpture, performance, poetry, film, collage, and net art. In her Excellences & Perfections from 2014, Ulman staged a performance through her Instagram and Facebook accounts, inspired by stereotypes of how young women present themselves. In three parts – Innocence, Sin, Redemption – she tells the story of a wealthy and beautiful young blonde girl who just moved to Los Angeles. As she breaks up with her boyfriend she turns to the lifestyle of a ‘sugar baby’, falling into a deep depression and changing her hair colour to become a brunette. Ultimately, through mediation, yoga, and inspirational slogans, she comes out on top as a healthy and peaceful individual. By examining the reception of her deceptively orchestrated photographs through both likes and comments, she makes apparent society’s obsession with image, beauty, wealth, and status....