Calori & Maillard

Calori & Maillard is an artist duo working in sculpture and performance.
Their collaboration combines backgrounds in design and film into a practice where the real and the surreal merges, often with the infiltration of the absurd into a real situation. Their practice tends to reduce, de fine, erase and mix the thin line between art and life, staging situations that induce a rethinking of alreadygiven structures. Power systems and conventional behaviors are triggered and stretched through improvisation and unexpected elements which find the escaping point in the irony of the counteraction. The sense of instability and the loss of horizon is often researched, questioning the expected and suggesting alternatives to usual modes of conduct. Calori & Maillard (Letizia Calori and Violette Maillard) have been working as together since 2009.
In 2011, they obtained a MA in visual arts at the Università Iuav di Venezia. In 2012, they moved to Frankfurt where they deepened their research at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste and obtained a Meisterschüle in sculpture with Tobias Rehberger. They participated in several international shows, both in experimental spaces and institutions, such as MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Fundación Botín, Santander; Mousonturm and Deutsche Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; Spreez, Munich; Österreichische Skulpturenpark, Graz; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lissone; MAXXI National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice.