Studio Orta - Les Victoires⎥Canal Saint-Denis

Les Victoires⎥Canal Saint-Denis

29 June 2024
Franc-Moisin bridge, Saint-Denis, France
Group exhibition

For the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and under the artistic direction of COAL, Plaine commune presents Les Victoires, an artistic project including 6 monumental works along the redesigned banks of the Canal Saint-Denis.

In the series Genius Loci, Lucy + Jorge Orta have created “L’envol”, a life-size bronze sculpture of a child holding a bird in his hand. Placed on the footbridge overlooking the Canal Saint-Denis and the Olympic Stadium, this universal figure symbolises the link between generations, a dynamic and poetic image of renewal for a neighbourhood in the making, at the heart of urban and ecological transitions. It shows us the road ahead and the future with all the fervour of youth.

A project in collaboration with COAL and in partnership with the cities of Saint-Denis, Aubervilliers and Paris.

Studio Orta - Coalition 15 Years of Art and Ecology⎟Paris

Coalition 15 Years of Art and Ecology⎟Paris

24 April 2024 - 02 June 2024
La Gaîté Lyrique, France
Group exhibition

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, COAL, leading association for art and ecology, presents a major multidisciplinary exhibition curated by Lauranne Germond and Sara Dufour, showcasing nearly 50 artists representing the richness and variety of approaches of the ecological art scene.

For this special occasion, a group of ten "Procession banners 1918-2018" co-created with inmates of London's HMP Downview prison are presented for the first time in France. They commemorate the centenary of the suffragette movement, and more precisely the achievements of the British women who fought for women's right to vote at the dawn of the 20th century. The banners reveal liberating slogans in memory of the 1,000 women who were imprisoned in the same place for fighting for their rights, one hundred years earlier. Side by side, these banners form a clam or that echoes through the ages and reaches us today, imbued with eco-feminist fervor, it is also a call to action for climate rights. 



27 March 2024 - 03 November 2024
Beaufort Sculpture Park, Belgium
Group exhibition

For the 8th Beaufort Triennial curated by Els Wuyts, Lucy + Jorge Orta have created Gazing Ball: Reflective Dialogues for the Beaufort Sculpture Park, which extends 67km along the Belgium coast.

The Gazing Ball will be installed in the town of Middelkerke. Visitors will be greeted by the contours of a small architecture – open and boundless – it is an inviting artwork into which people can enter through four passage ways. In the nave of the gathering space, resembling a compass rose, is a large reflective sphere that crowns the artwork, capturing the constantly shifting play of light and shadow. As in previous Potential Architecture works by the artists, the reflections offer new perspectives on the landscape while humbly situating the viewers within their surroundings. Seated within, visitors are given a moment for contemplation, self-reflection, and to engage in conversation. Its art on a human scale.
‘Gazing Ball: Reflective Dialogues’ also pays homage to adjacent Radio Oostende station. Wireless telegraphy played a crucial role in ensuring safety along the Oostende-Dover route, serving as an essential connection between the shore and ships. The sculpture not only establishes a tangible connection between people, but also a symbolic connection between heaven and earth, past and present.



Studio Orta - 70 x 7 The Meal Act XLVI⎟Diriyah

70 x 7 The Meal Act XLVI⎟Diriyah

16 March 2024
2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale, Saudi Arabia

As part of the 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale public program, Lucy + Jorge Orta will stage a sohour meal for the local community, making this the 46th activation of their ongoing participatory project 70 x 7 The Meal

A long table installation for 300 guests will overlook Wadi Hanifah, a seasonal river and caravan route that historically led pilgrims along the valley to the market sustaining them with food and water along the way. The menu is prepared by Chef Hissa Alhuthaili (Suhail) based on local food traditions and interventions by local Saudi artists, botanists, heritage experts, farmers will punctuate the evening. The table artworks created by Lucy + Jorge specifically for the occasion include a limited edition of Royal Limoges porcelain plates and hand embroidered table centrepieces that draw attention to the natural fertility of the Wadi Hanifah and the garden city of Riyadh, faced with the encroachment of the urban development and loss of traditional knowledge. Field research on the native local species in collaboration with botanists from NCVC, and on the symbolic meaning of traditional Sadu motifs (Atharna), come together in these table artworks through a lexicon of figurative and abstract geometric shapes to share a new language of resilience.

Special thanks to the National Centre for Vegetation Cover Development & Combating Desertification (NCVC); Dr Dlayel bint Mutlaq bin Shafi Al-Qahtani (Atharna); DBF co-curators Ute Meta Bauer, Wejdan Reda, Anca Rujoiu with curatorial assistants Amina Diab, Dian Arumningtyas, Alanood A. Al-Sudairi.

Studio Orta - Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024

Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale 2024

20 February 2024 - 24 May 2023
JAX District, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Group exhibition

After Rain, 2024 Diriyah Contemporary Art Biennale under the artistic direction of Ute Meta Bauer, opens up a moment of revitalisation and renewal, as a nurturing entity, filled with life, while acknowledging the necessity of water for all forms of life that dwell and seek shelter on our planet. The biennale hosts 100 artists and researchers situating their work in a wider narrative of the coexistence of humans and non-humans. All life-forms are exposed to the effects of climate change—torrential rains, lack of rain, unpredictable rain—and its effects of forced displacement, the destruction of habitats and livelihoods, and the extinction of species. Concerns about access to clean water, food, and shelter have become the norm. The biennale amplifies the need not only to listen but also to be heard as well as the capacity to cultivate kinship are therefore essential for a liveable future.

The installation OrtaWater Purification Factory by Lucy + Jorge Orta magnifies shared concerns about access to water, as this severely impacts the habitats of humans and other life forms. The work offers a potential solution for water purification and has already proved that the most polluted rivers and canals of Venice, Shanghai, Rotterdam, Paris, and Singapore can be transformed into clean, flowing life-sources. Here at the Diriyah biennale, the sculpture-assemblage looks out of the large windows to the Wadi Hanifah, an important seasonal riverbed that extends across Diriyah, suggesting a dialogue between this unique landscape.

Special thanks to DBF co-curators Ute Meta Bauer, Wejdan Reda, Rose Lejeune, Anca Rujoiu, Ana Salazar Herrera, Rahul Gudipudi with curatorial assistants Amina Diab, Dian Arumningtyas, Alanood A. Al-Sudairi.

Studio Orta - Art with Salt and Water⎟Bad Ischl

Art with Salt and Water⎟Bad Ischl

20 January 2024 - 31 October 2024
Sudhaus, Bad Ischl, Austria
Group exhibition

Lucy + Jorge Orta are proud to unveil a new commission by 2024 European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut Region for the exhibition « Art with Salt and Water » curated by Gottfried Hattinger in Sudhaus.  OrtaWater Plätte Water Filtration Unit is made of a plätte —a boat which historically was used to transport salt also called « white gold » on the river Traun recalling the essential aspect of water in industrial processes— mounted on a steel structure including additional crafted objects from the artists’ vast collection. This artwork is part of the long-term meta project OrtaWater addressing the critical issues of water scarcity and access to clean water.

Photo: Schiffleutmuseum, Stadl-Paura

Studio Orta - Designed for Life — Traces: Stories of Migration ⎟London

Designed for Life — Traces: Stories of Migration ⎟London

02 October 2023 - 19 January 2024
London College of Fashion (LCF), UK
Solo Exhibition

Traces: Stories of Migration, touring from the Nunnery Gallery, pays homage to the layers of history in London's East End. The work on exhibition at LCF East Bank, the University of the Arts London new campus in Stratford, East London unfolded through a two-year program of community workshops, engaging over 70 local residents who, each in their own way, identify as an immigrant. Participants involved have shared stories of their migratory journeys, describing the complexity of making a home in a city marked indelibly by mobility and constant change. These stories are visible in "Story Cloths" made by each participant, alongside the Portrait Gallery, a new body of work by Lucy Orta on display in the main gallery of Designed for Life.

Studio Orta - 70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLV⎟Harewood

70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLV⎟Harewood

08 July 2023 - 09 July 2023
Harewood House, Leeds, UK

We are pleased to announce that the 45th act of the artists' ongoing project, 70 x 7 The Meal, will be held at Harwood House as part of The Big Harewood Garden Party on the weekend of 8-9 July 2023.

The project utilises 70 x 7 as a metaphor for meals that bring people together through the ritual of dining in uncommon settings. The symbol functions as a networking device, with each new instance creating a chain reaction of shared experiences and connections that extend beyond the individual events. 70 x 7 The Meal Act XVL on the Terrace at Harewood House draws inspiration from Lucy + Jorge Orta's 'Seed Manifesto', reflecting on the growth and life cycle of the seed. The newly commissioned Royal Limoges porcelain plates will place the seed as a central motif, while the table runner will showcase images and text collected as part of the workshops led by Lucy + Jorge Orta since January 2022. Art students from the University of Leeds will contribute to the design of the napkins, while the menu will be designed and prepared by students at Leeds City College, taking inspiration from the same theme. This table-setting becomes a discursive platform for diverse communities involved in the community engagement.

Studio Orta - Seeds⎟Harewood


08 July 2023 - 22 October 2023
Harewood House, Leeds, UK
Solo Exhibition

Seeds are hand-blown Murano glass pods, husks, kernels, flowering heads and pollens based on real and imaginary specimens that have been magnified to illuminate their beauty and provide a metaphor for community regeneration, growth and resilience. The exhibition ‘Seeds’ is presented in the Old Kitchen and Pastry Room, spaces that reflect the historic food related activities of the 18th century Harewood House. It follows the 45th activation of 70 x 7 The Meal, co-created with communities of Leeds to foreground the political and ecological aspects of food as well as an agent of community which can carry the potential of positive change.

Studio Orta - Traces: Stories of Migration⎟London

Traces: Stories of Migration⎟London

02 June 2023 - 28 August 2023
Nunnery Gallery, London, UK
Solo Exhibition

The Nunnery Gallery presents Lucy Orta. Traces: Stories of Migration an exploration into the diverse migration histories and stories woven into the landscape of east London. In partnership with London College of Fashion’s Making for Change as part of The Portal Centre for Social Impact, Lucy Orta engaged with eighty residents across east London over a two-year period, leading storytelling workshops and using the creative medium of textiles to develop artistic expressions through which first, second and third generation migrant histories and heritage have been honoured.  

The exhibition showcases Lucy Orta’s new body of work, Portrait Gallery created in response to the community engagement. Lucy challenges the convention of portraiture using silk organza appliqué, hand and machine embroidery and beadwork to reflect the unique characteristics of each person involved in the workshops. The Portrait Gallery exposes a myriad of trajectories, the memories accumulated as people journey from one place to another recognising each persons’ lived experience. 

Alongside Lucy’s work the exhibition presents a selection of Story Cloths made by participants. Accompanying the exhibition is a short film documenting the impact of the project and Needle Around Her Neck, a book of poetry inspired by the stories of migration written by author Nathalie Abi-Ezzi.

Downlaod the exhibition catalogue here.

Studio Orta - The Lost Species Ritual⎟King's Cross

The Lost Species Ritual⎟King's Cross

22 April 2023
Granary Building, London, UK

On Saturday 22nd April, the Granary Square in King’s Cross will become the stage for an intuitive, culturally rooted ritual to welcome in Earth Day 2023. Set against the backdrop of the three striking 60-foot Fabulae Naturae draperies adorning the Granary Building, the performance combines costume, dance and drumming to create a visual spectacle that blurs the boundary between body and architecture where the protagonists of the spectacle are ‘The Lost Species’: species that have gone extinct or whose symbolic meanings have disappeared from our collective imagination, or those that are invisible in urban environments.
Granary Square will be filled with rhythmic drumming and performers dressed in Lucy Orta’s immense circular skirts; lavishly coloured designs that mirror the intertwining lost species depicted on the draperies. In collaboration with Alexander Whitley Dance Company and the drummer Beanie, the performers transform the skirts into billowing sails that assemble the species into a joyous ritual, bursting with energy to re-wild the square.

The Lost Species has been commissioned by King’s Cross Artist in Residence Programme 2022-2023, with the support of UAL's Climate Emergency Network and Centre for Sustainable Fashion.

Studio Orta - Seeking Blue Gold⎟Bologna

Seeking Blue Gold⎟Bologna

02 February 2023 - 12 February 2023
Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, Bologna, Italy
Solo Exhibition

Seeking Blue Gold is a new site-specific installation by Lucy + Jorge Orta that takes shape beneath the dome of the Oratorio di San Filippo Neri in Bologna. Curated by Cristina Francucci and Tatiana Basso, Seeking Blue Gold is one of the main projects of ART CITY Bologna 2023 for the occasion of Arte Fiera, and part of the contemporary art programme at the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna.

The allocation and consumption of water—renamed “blue gold” a term that came to public attention after the documentary film based on the book by Claude Barlow (2003)—are central themes in the Ortas’ poetics, examined in light of the controversial and inequitable development, distribution, and access policies that affect this resource globally. With Seeking Blue Gold, we are asked to become aware of the complex universe disclosed by water. Wooden artifacts from a rural world in which they are still used in traditional irrigation form the centerpiece of the tripartite installation—mounted on steel structures along with contemporary crafted objects from the artists’ vast collection. The installation components arise as symbolic functional totems expressing the inexhaustible confrontation, at times the dichotomy between an ancestral image of the rural past, linked to natural rhythms and the exacerbation of the Baconian ideal of progress that, child of the West, that rages today in many developing countries.

Studio Orta - Doors to Possible Worlds. Art & science-fiction | Metz

Doors to Possible Worlds. Art & science-fiction | Metz

05 November 2022 - 10 April 2023
Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
Group exhibition

For the first time in France, the Pompidou-Metz will unite the Connector Mobile Village sculpture for the major group exhibition, A Gateway to Possible Worlds. The utopian architectural structure envisions new modes of habitation with mobile and modular potential. The village connects individual personalized bivouacs to a system of linear modules and nodes. Its flexibility allows each individual to exert the freedom of choice, by connecting to or disconnecting reconfiguring into a multitude of  formations.

The major project Antarctica will also be on view with a large installation of dome dwellings from the Antarctic Village - No Borders, each dwelling being hand stitched with sections of flags from countries around the world, along with extensions of clothes and gloves, symbolising the multiplicity and diversity of people. With Antarctica World Passport Office audiences can collect a copy of the world passport and become a member of the world community, acting to defend the environment and values of peace and equality.

Studio Orta - Vita Extremis | Brussels

Vita Extremis | Brussels

08 September 2022 - 12 November 2022
La Patinoire Royale | Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium
Solo Exhibition

To celebrate thirty years of collaboration, Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to announce Vita Extremis, a monographic exhibition in the Great Nave of La Patinoire Royale
Coinciding with Brussels Gallery Weekend, the exhibition Vita Extremis curated by art and the environment expert Alice Audouin unveils their latest series of paintings and textile artworks entitled Fabulae Naturae, dedicated to flora and the preservation of biodiversity.
Vita Extremis is an opportunity to look back over their prolific thirty-years, situating Lucy + Jorge Orta’s practice in a trajectory that holds a mirror to society’s major challenges: water, climate, food, migration, and biodiversity. The meta-themes Antarctica, Amazonia, Life Guard, OrtaWater are portals reimagining ways of living, cohabiting and conserving. On view will be a selection of key artworks, as well as a participative action mobilising audiences around an eco-consciousness that enriches the commons through art.

Further information PRVB, rue Veydt 15, 1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels
Download the exhibition catalogue here.

Studio Orta - Novacène | Lille

Novacène | Lille

14 May 2022 - 02 October 2022
Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France
Group exhibition

As part of the season Utopia, two sculptures by Lucy + Jorge Orta occupy the group exhibition 'Novacene' at the Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille. The theory of Novacene elaborated by scientist James Lovelock, supersedes the Anthropocene, as a new epoch where humans and artificial intelligence work in tandem to save the earth from destruction. The curators Jean-Max Colard and Alice Audoin, have selected the artists' machine-sculpture Zille Purification Unit capable of purifying water and the new Life Guard 'Fuoco' where the hybridisation of man and animal produces a new benevolent being.

Studio Orta - Prendre la Tangente | Paris

Prendre la Tangente | Paris

25 February 2022 - 23 July 2022
MAIF Social Club, Paris, France
Group exhibition

The exhibition Prendre la Tangente at MAIF Social Club is imagined as a great choreographed crossing at the heart of new imaginaries linked to travel. In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta presents a new version of Antarctica World Passport Office, a component of the long-term research project Antarctica exploring 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. 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 printed editions of the Antarctica World Passport, now totaling 72,000 copies. The passport office at the Maif Social Club was presented at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan, Italy for the artists’ survey exhibition in 2008. Since, iterations have been created for museum exhibitions and United Nation forums on climate change and migration.

The MAIF Social Club have commissioned the 7th edition of the passport. For further details about the passport editions and registration process click here.

Studio Orta - For a Contextual Art | Brussels

For a Contextual Art | Brussels

16 January 2022 - 26 February 2022
Frédérick Mouraux Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Solo Exhibition

For a Contextual Art is the first solo exhibition of Lucy + Jorge Orta in the Frédérick Mouraux Gallery, Brussels. The work on show provides insight into concepts that act as keystones of their collaborative practice.

The turbulent social and political landscape during the Argentine military regime from 1972-1984, marked Jorge’s formative years of practice. As well as exploring the new visual languages of performance, video-art, mail-art and tactile poetry, a new genre of painting served as a medium to counteract mounting injustices and to affirm a Latin American identity.
Divided into two, the first part of the exhibition presents four different series of coded paintings that evolved out of this particular context, Geometría Contextual 1972, Trazado De Indias and Triangular AAA both 1973, and Derrame from 1997. The second part includes editioned works –vitrines, tactile poems, reliquaries– that further the artists’ preoccupation with widening access to and reaching new audiences, through poetic objects that can be used on a daily basis.

Further information

Studio Orta - Libero Spazio Libero⎟Bologna

Libero Spazio Libero⎟Bologna

15 January 2022 - 15 May 2022
Fondazione Del Monte, Bologna, Italy
Group exhibition

Refuge Wear, conceived by Lucy Orta in response to the socio-economic crisis of the 1990s finds its resonance in this group exhibition Libero Spazio Libero curated by Fabiola Naldi. The work reveals the ephemeral nature of our being with respect to society and suggests we are simply an occupant within society and can easily be removed or alienated at will. The exhibition explores the disputed idea of free space where memory, identity, relationship with time, and space of one’s own experience transcend the idea of a dwelling in favor of an idea, of a capacity to go beyond the social conventional scheme. The crossing, as well as the ability to adapt and the possibility of overturning visual, cultural, and ideological structures, is intended as a paraphrase of the imaginative ability of the artworks by Claire Fontaine, Claudia Losi, Giulia Niccolai, Lucy + Jorge Orta, and Martha Rosler.

Studio Orta - Diversity United | Berlin Moscow

Diversity United | Berlin Moscow

23 November 2021 - 13 March 2022
New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Contemporary Art from Europe

Diversity United is a major group show, which showcases the vitality and diversity of contemporary European art and emphasises the importance of intercultural dialogue. Featuring 90 European artists working across the genres of painting, sculpture, video and new media, photography, installation and drawing, the exhibition seeks to portray historically significant and relevant topics, including political and personal identity, migration, gender and equality issues, nationality and territory, geopolitics and social conflicts.
Lucy + Jorge Orta present Antarctic Village and Antarctica World Passport. The question this work poses today concerns our responsibilities as citizens, to protect the values of peace and equality; faced with the menacing forces of climate change we should strive to reduce our impact, to be united to tackle this greatest threat to humanity and our earth, and to curb the devastating effects will have on world stability. As the likelihood of mass-migrations it set to increase in the wake of climate related disasters, how do we assure the safeguard and dignity of victims is upheld? Climate Change has No Borders!

Diversity United is curated by Walter Smerling (Chairman Foundation for Art and Culture, Bonn) and Zelfira Tregulova (General Director Tretyakov Gallery) together with a consortium of international curators. For further information download the bi-lingual catalogue.

Studio Orta - Nexus Architecture

Nexus Architecture

02 November 2021 - 10 November 2021
COP26 Glasgow and London, UK

To impart the aesthetic and symbolic power of collective action in the face of the climate emergency. A new activation of Nexus Architecture by Lucy + Jorge Orta will take place during COP26 with the participation of emerging artists and designers from Glasgow School of Art and University of the Arts London.

Drawing from this social sculpture first initiated in 1993, Studio Orta have produced 50 blank-canvas Nexus Architecture to be customised in simultaneous workshops, creating an interconnected chain of solidarity from Glasgow to London. Nexus Architecture is a potent manifestation of the philosophy behind Studio Orta’s practice, through its multiple manifestations across the globe. From South Africa, to the Americas and Asia, it recognises the interdependence between people forming a momentary network of being –a collective body– whose connections are rendered visible and visceral in time and space.
The customisation workshops will lead to performative manifestos in Glasgow's Reid Gallery on November 5, and in London in front of Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts, for the Parade for Climate Justice on November 10.

On November 5 from 5:30-6:30pm, Lucy Orta will be speaking at the French Pavilion, UN Climate Change Conference Scottish Event Campus, Blue Zone. The convening is organised by Art of Change 21 and includes speakers, Cédric Carles (Co-founder of Atelier 21, Paleo-Energetic and Solar Sound System), John Gerrard (artist), Gilles Vermot Desroches (Schneider Electric), moderated by Alice Audouin (Founder Art of Change 21).