Antarctica World Passport Office
2008 - 2021
Materials: Bureau construction in reclaimed materials, chair, door, various found objects, Antarctica Flag, Antarctica World Passports, passport stamps, ink pads
Dimensions: Variable dimensions (circa H250 x L150 cm)
Exhibition history: 2022 MAIF Social Club, Paris, France; 2015 Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, USA; London Museum, Ontario, Canada; 2014 Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; 2008 Pirelli Hangar Biocca, Milan, Italy, Galleria Continua Moulin de Boissy,
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Antarctica World Passport Office is a component of the long-term research project 'Antarctica', which explores topics relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. For Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica represents Utopia: a continent whose extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity. 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 a vision of Hope.
Passport offices are 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. From the passport office are delivered editions of the Antarctica World Passport. This first passport office was presented at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan, Italy for Lucy + Jorge Orta's survey exhibition in 2008. Since, iterations have been created for museum exhibitions and United Nation forums on climate change and migration.
For further details about passport edition and registration process click here.