"Hope Hippo" (2005)

"Hope Hippo," 2005
Mud, whistle, daily newspaper, and live person, approximately 16 x 6 x 5 feet. Installation view: 51st Venice Biennale.
Courtesy the artists.

"There are very large conflicts that involve governments, nations, and very large groups of people. It affects everyone. It affects everything. It affects the economy. It affects how you see, how you relate to others. What you like, what you don’t like. What you support and what you don’t support. What you identify with and what you don’t identify with. These things affect you and affect everyone to a certain degree. And then it’s up to you to determine how this thing is going to affect you and how much and how you’re going to react to it."

- Allora & Calzadilla