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Calori & Maillard

Calori & Maillard (Letizia Calori and Violette Maillard) work as artist duo since 2009.

Their collaboration combines backgrounds in interior architecture (Calori) and film (Maillard) into a practice where the real and the surreal merges, often with the infiltration of the absurd into a real situation. Their research is focused in observing and interpolating the relations between architecture and human body. Power systems and conventional behaviors are triggered and stretched through unexpected elements which find the escaping point in the irony of the counteraction.

Among various prizes and awards: in 2013 they won the Ernst & Young Prize. In 2014 they were artists in residence at Osterreiche Skulpturen park in Graz, in collaboration with the Joanneum Museum. In 2015 they received a grant from Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Foundation for the project “L’Oiseau de Feu”, a ballet for tower cranes. The same year they were selected by Fundacion Botin, Santander as artists in residence. In 2016 they were awarded for the XII edition of the New York Prize by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Academy of Advanced Studies at Coulmbia University and they were artist in residence at ISCP, International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York. In 2017 they were assignee of the prize Panorami contemporanei – photography residencies in Italy, promoted by MiBACT e GAI and in 2018 they were part of the European Photography Festival with the project Energia Potenziale.

They took part in several international shows in venues such as MAMbo (Bologna), Palazzina dei Bagni Misteriosi (Milan), ISCP e Italian Cultural Institute (New York), MMK e Deutsche Filmmuseum (Frankfurt a. M.), Villa Iris – Fondazione Botin (Santander), Osterreische Skulpturenpark (Graz) and Moderna Museet (Stockolm).

For Paradisoterrestre they created the work Altabella 23 – Portare acqua al mare, a limited edition Murano glass vase inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s architecture for former Gavina shop in Bologna.