Antarctica: Lucy + Jorge Orta

March 7th, 2008 by Amber Frid-Jimenez

Lucy + Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta have a show opening on April 7 at 7pm at Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy. On the same date, Mel Chin will be speaking here for the Zones of Emergency series.

In the spring of 2007, Lucy + Jorge Orta completed their expedition to Antarctica as part of an artistic project on this frozen continent. It was both a real and a symbolic journey to the edge of the world, living in an extreme environment under the severest survival conditions. Antarctica curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, is the artists’ first major solo exhibition in Italy at the Hangar Bicocca (3rd April to 8th June 2008) and represents the first complete and organic public showing of the artworks created by the artists as a result of their experience in Antarctica.

Off limits to military activity and protected as an ecosystem, the Antarctic contains 70% of the planet’s fresh water reserves. For the artists Antarctic Village – No Borders signifies an emblem of a future in which true globalisation will mean a more equitable redistribution of resources, freedom of movement and right to exist for the people of the world.

On exhibition are the emblematic dome architectures that composed the Antarctic Village actually installed in Antarctica, as well new Drop Parachutes, Survival Kits and the dual screen video projection of their expedition. Visitors entering the Hangar Bicocca will receive their Antarctic World Passport, a passport edition created by the artists as a symbol for the eradication of all borders, real or imaginary, as obstacles to integration and cultural exchange.

The exhibition is also an occasion for presenting other major works created by the artists, addressing social, environmental and humanitarian issues: mobility, population migration, climate crisis and human rights.

Antarctica is the focus of a hardback publication by Electa on Lucy + Jorge Orta’s art practice, with texts in both Italian and English.

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