Allora & Calzadilla Foreign in a Domestic Sense

Literalism and doublespeak vie in the Puerto Rican artists' work, argues Ben Eastham

By Ben Eastham

Manifest, 2017 Bat guano, resin, wood and metal structure. Image: © the artists, courtesy Lisson Gallery

Lisson Gallery, London, 22 September–11 November Responding to criticism of the disaster relief supplied to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump explained, with unimpeachable factual accuracy, that it is ‘an island sitting in the middle of an ocean… a big ocean, a very big ocean’. Its geographical isolation was the chief reason, he insisted, that less US aid had reached the archipelago than the similarly crisis-hit states of Texas and Florida.A more convincing explanation for the…

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