Antarctica World Passport
Materials: Edition of passports and citizen website
Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5cm each passport
Exhibition history: 2018 Migration Week Marrakesh (5th Edition); 2017 Frieze Projects (4th edition); 2013 Parc de la Vilette Paris (3rd edition); 2012 Southbank Centre London (2nd edition); Hangar Bicocca Milan 2008 (1st edition)
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 artists have chosen Antartica because it's such a powerful, universal metaphor. The continent has the earth's most hostile climatic conditions, it has the world's largest ice-desert and temperatures can drop as low as -80° C. Yet, it's an immense nature reserve whose glaciers contain 70% of the planet's fresh water. However, Antarctica's unique ecosystem in serious danger due to global warming. No permanent human settlements exist, there is no native population and it's the only politically neutral region on earth not claimed by any country. The governing Antarctic Treaty, which unites over 50 nations, has decreed Antarctica a continent dedicated to scientific research with common pacific aims: to encourage international cooperation and protect the environment for future generations. Antarctica is Hope.