Antarctica World Passport Office, Frieze Projects
Materials: Part 1: Reconditioned military trailor, painted steel, glass, 9 steel bedframes, 9 bivouacs, diverse fabrics, canteens, felt blankets, various objects / Part 2: Reconditioned military trailor, painted steel, glass, wood, canteens, linens, various objects, Antarctica flag, Antarctica World Passports, stamps
Dimensions: Part 1: 300h x 150 x 280 cm / Part 2: 334h x 150 x 330 cm
Exhibition history: 2017 Frieze Projects, London, UK curated by Raphael Gygax
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
The Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau: a series of customised ex-army trailers was comissioned by Frieze Projects 2017.
For a number of years, the artists have been exploring the transformation from surplus military equipment, ‘weapons of war’, into ‘tools for peace’, to infuse them with new meanings. On this mobile passport office convoy we find references to the human body in the form of mini-bivouacs, various expedition objects and a bureau from which passport officers will distribute the Antarctica World Passport. A limited edition of 5,000 passports is to be distributed during Frieze Week, October 4-8, 2017. For each passport registered, the Antarctica World Passport holder is invited to join the no-borders community, which now counts over 19,000 online citizens.
Following their expedition to the Antarctic in 2007, the Antarctica project was launched in 2008, during their survey exhibition at the Hangar Bicocca Milan, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Alongside the Antarctic Village, the artists lay down the foundations for the Antarctica World Passport community. 50,000 copies of the passport have been printed to date —the Frieze Projects passport will be the fourth edition. For Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica’s immaculate ice landscape is a metaphor, a filter for the kaleidoscope that make up our nations and identities, concentrating all the colours into the sum of light and the purity of a hope.