Antarctic Village - No Borders Drop Parachute
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2007
- Ref: 5066
- Materials: Coated polyamide, fibre glass rods, various textiles, nation flags, water gourds, buckets, water utensils, objects, silkscreen print, webbing, red cross crate
- Dimensions: 120cm diametre parachute, length variable
- Exhibition history: 2012 Tufts University Gallery, USA; 2007 Galleria Continua san Gimgnano; 2008 Hangar Bicocca Milan; Galleria Continua Le Moulin
- Courtesy: Courtesy of the Artists
- Concept: In the course of the Antarctica project the artists have designed a series of Survival Kits that take on the form of a drop parachute. As in many other works, we find an explicit reference to the tools and objects of emergency rescue missions. In this case the model is the kind of parachute utilized by humanitarian expeditions to rapidly distribute vital supplies. Like the tents, the parachutes are made with a composition of flags of different nations, and as in the earlier kits the objects assembled refer to both physical/material survival and, symbolically, to the spiritual needs of man, like the recovery of a lost social dimension of solidarity. The parachutes also become objects of textual communication, with slogans and words related to the themes of the artistsí works on their surfaces.