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U.S. Olympians Become Art At The Venice Biennale

U.S. Olympians Become Art At The Venice Biennale
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The United States played off the similarities and differences between olympic athletes and modern soldiers in this year's submission to the world-renown art fair.

Claudia Cukrov
  • 12 july 2011

Puerto Rican art duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla represented the U.S. at the Venice Biennale this year, in an unique collaboration with real-life American Olympians.

‘Track and Field,’ one of their five installations, features an athlete jogging on a treadmill, perched on top of an in-motion, upside-down tank.  Located outside the U.S. Pavilion at the major Venice-based contemporary art exhibition, the military tank powers up when activated by the jogging athlete’s treadmill motion. ‘Body in Flight (Delta)’ and ‘Body in Flight (American)’ include gymnasts utilizing airplane seat replicas as gym equipment.

In an interview with the Tate Gallery (below) Calzadilla and Allora discuss the use of irony, humor, absurdity and the human body alongside U.S. representation at the exhibition.

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