Antarctica Drop Parachute Survival Kit

Date: 2007
Ref: 5059
Matériaux: Coated polyamide, fiber glass rods, various textiles, nation flags, silkscreen print, webbing, clips, various objects, wooden crate, stencil
Dimensions: Variable
Exhibition history: 2014 Parc de la Villette, Paris, France; 2007 Galeria Continua San Gimignano
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Modeled after parachutes used in humanitarian expeditions to rapidly distribute vital supplies, Orta's Drop Parachutes are made from flags of different nations. Fragments of clothing and the objects descending from the skies refer both to humanity’s physical and material survival as well as its spiritual needs, particularly the recovery of solidarity. The parachutes become objects of textual communication, with slogans and words related to the themes of the artists’ works on their surfaces.

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