70 x 7 The Meal Act XXIV, ArtAids Fundació Joan Miró, 2006–2011
Materials: Table setting for 70 guests, Royal Limoges porcelain plates (Seven editions of Ed 150)
Exhibition history: 2011 Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Courtesy: The Artsits and ArtAids Foundation Amsterdam
Lucy + Jorge imagined the twenty-fourth Act of 70 x 7 The Meal in Amsterdam 2006 and it was finally staged at the Fundació Joan Miró Barcelona in 2011 within the context of the group exhibition, You are not Alone. The exhibition was supported by the ArtAids a foundation founded by philanthropist Han Nefkens, to raise public consciousness and to encourage involvement in projects aimed at preventing and fighting Aids. The 70 x 7 The Meal brought together artists, new patrons and friends of the ArtAids foundation. Lucy + Jorge Orta created a set of seven Royal Limoges porcelain plates, each with complimentary symbols: the artichoke, a measuring device, and a colour spectrum of the artists’ signature ‘contextual colours’. Each of the colours represents a specific issue, place or historical event that has moved the artists over the years. The graphic measuring stick references different levels or gauges relating to the measurement of social behavioural patterns. The artichoke with its endless leaves that reveal a tender heart hidden within.