Antarctica World Passport Delivery Kit.
Lucy + Jorge Orta, 2008-2009
- Ref: 5072.26
- Materials: Wooden valise, Lambda photograph laminated, glass, 10 Antarctica World Passports, hand turned wooden passport stamp with rubber embossed motif. Edition of 25
- Dimensions: 20 x 35 x 10 cm
- Catalogued: Antarctica, Electa Mondadori, 2008, pp.130-131; Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food Water Life, Princeton Architectural Press NY, 2011, pp.150-151
- Exhibition history: 2008 Hangar Bicocca Milan; 2008 Galleria Continua La Moulin; 2009 Galerie Motive Amsterdam
- Courtesy: Courtesy of the Artists
Antarctica World Passports is an ongoing conceptual component of Lucy +Jorge Orta’s project Antarctic Village – No Borders (1992-2008), which reflects on the Antarctic continent as a new vision of Utopia. The artists have chosen Antarctica because the Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959 by Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, and the USSR states that this sixth continent is a neutral and common land, free of conflict, open to all peaceful peoples and a place for cultural and scientific cooperation.
The edition of this small valise containing ten Antarctica World Passports takes the form of a kit, to be issued to every person wishing to become a citizen of this continent and allowing them to travel freely throughout the world. On deliverance it will request in return that each citizen take responsibility for their actions. The new world citizen will 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.