Antarctica World Passport, International Delivery Bureau
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2008
- Ref: 5070
- Materials: Bureau construction, reclaimed chairs, red cross crates, various reclaimed objects, passport stamps, ink pads, Antarctica World Passports
- Dimensions: Variable
- Exhibition history: 2012 Tufts University Gallery, USA; 2010 Festival des Arts Auxois, France; 2009 Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris; 2008 Hangar Bicocca Milan, Italy; Galleria Continua Le Moulin, France
- Courtesy: Galleria Continua San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin and the Artists
- Concept: The Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959 states that this sixth continent is a common territory, open to all peaceful peoples and to cultural and scientific cooperation. The edition of the first 10,000 Antarctica World Passports imagined by Lucy + Jorge Orta is a proposal for a new world community. It is a document that recognises the inherent dignity of every member of the human race and their equal and inalienable rights shall constitute the basis of liberty, justice and peace in the world. The Antarctica World Passport proposes an amendment to Article 13 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Art. 13 :3 “Every human being has the right to move freely and cross frontiers to their chosen territory. Individuals should not be deemed of an inferior status to that of capital, trade, telecommunication and pollution, all of which have no boundaries. The passports are distributed during exhibitions or conferences to persons wishing to become a citizen and form part of an online database developed by MIT. On deliverance the passport requests in return that each new citizen dedicate him or herself to combat all acts of barbarity, to fight against intimidation and poverty, to support social progress, to protect the environment and endangered species, to safeguard human dignity and to defend the inalienable rights to liberty, justice and peace in the world.