Since 1995, Jennifer Allora (b. 1974, United States) and Guillermo Calzadilla (b. 1971, Cuba) have built a research-based practice that engages with the history of art and responds critically to the intersections among culture, history, and geopolitics. The duo produces interdisciplinary works combining performance, sculpture, sound, video, and photography. Their work has been exhibited extensively internationally, and they have participated in many biennales, including the 56th and 51st Venice Biennials. Allora & Calzadilla live and work in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dr. Niki Kasumi Clements is the Watt J. and Lilly G. Jackson Assistant Professor of Religion and the Allison Sarofim Assistant Professor of Distinguished Teaching at Rice University, researching at the disciplinary intersection of philosophy of religion and the history of Christianity. She specializes in late ancient Christian asceticism and critically engages contemporary questions of ethical formation and conceptions of subjectivity. Clements is the author of Sites of the Ascetic Self: John Cassian and Christian Ethical Formation (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020), the first comprehensive treatment of the ethical thought of John Cassian (c. 360-435) who illuminates the workings of acedia. She received her PhD from Brown University in Religion and Critical Thought in 2014.
Dr. Jonathan Zecher is Senior Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, where he studies early Christian asceticism, the medical cultures of late antiquity, and traditions of prayer and spiritual practice in Byzantium and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. He also works in the history of emotions and clinical practice in late antiquity and their applicability to conversations in the health humanities today. Zecher received his PhD at Durham University in Patristics and Historical Theology in 2012. From 2011 until 2017 he was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, teaching Greek, Latin, Christianity, ‘Great Books,’ and ancient medicine.