Antarctica World Passport
Materials: Sixth edition of 15,000 passports and online data base for Antarctica World Citizens
Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5cm
Exhibition history: 2021 Diversity United: Flughafen Tempelhof, Berlin, Germany; New Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, Russia; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The Antarctica World Passport is a limited edition artwork created by Lucy + Jorge Orta. It forms a key-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, the Antarctic continent embodies Utopia: the extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity, freedom of research, of sharing and collaboration for the well-being of the planet earth. A metaphor, embodied by an immaculate whiteness that contains all the wishes of humanity, spreading a message of hope for future generations.
The artists have chosen Antartica because of the power it exerts on our minds. 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 our Hope!
The 6th edition in German, French, Russian and English was published for the exhibition Diversity United (2021).