Antarctica World Passport Office - Paris

Date: 2012
Ref: 5079.02
Materials: Bureau construction in reclaimed materials, chair, desk, vintage military canteens, various objects, Antarctica World Passports, passport stamps, ink pads
Dimensions: 220 x 60 x 240h cm variable
Exhibition history: 2018 Musée de la Chasse et Nature, Paris; Forum Météo, Hôtel de Ville Paris; 2017 CCK, Buenos Aires; 2014 Parc de la Villette Paris; 2013 Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; LH Forum, Le Havre; 2012 Palais d'Iéna, Paris
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Antarctica World Passport is a limited edition artwork created by the artists Lucy + Jorge Orta. It forms part of the artists' research project 'Antarctica', which explores topics relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. For the artists, Antarctica represents Utopia: a continent whose extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity, to research and collaborate together. The immaculate ice landscape is a filter for the kaleidoscope that make up our nations and multi-ethnic identities, concentrating the colours, races and creeds into the sum of light, and the purity of Hope.

The first passport office was presented at Lucy + Jorge Orta's survey exhibition at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan (2008). It now exists in different sculptural formats and the participatory action of delivering passports is re-activated each time. The passport offices are generally constructed with reclaimed wood and found objects including boats, water recipients, suitcases, toys, that tower and bulge over rudimentary structures synonymous with the shanty town and border crossings that artists have traversed in some of remotest corners of the planet. 

This passport office has been adapted from a work originally commissioned for an exhibition at the Palais d'Iéna (headquarters of the Conseil économique, social et environnemental, third constitutional Assembly of the French Republic).

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