Allora & Calzadilla: Nongovernmental Politics

Allora & Calzadilla, image from book Nongovernmental Politics, MIT Press

The book Nongovernmental Politics, published in April 2007, contains a collection of scholarly essays that are centered on the challenges and importance of nongovernmental activism in contemporary society.

The cover image for the book features a video still from the work Under Discussion by artists Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, who were featured in Art21’s latest season, in the Paradox episode.

The practice of these two artists is rooted in ideas of nongovernmental politics because they examine problems inherent to authorship, nationalism, borders, and democracy among other issues. The collaborative duo approaches these ideas through a mixture of photography, video, sculpture, performance and sound.