Antarctica World Passport
Materials: Edition of passports and citizen website
Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5cm each passport
Exhibition history: Frieze Projects 2017 (4th edition); Parc de la Vilette Paris 2013 (3rd edition); Southbank Centre London 2012 (2nd edition); Hangar Bicocca Milan 2008 (1st edition)
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
For Lucy + Jorge Orta, the body of work Antarctica addresses issues relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. The Antarctic continent is home to the earth’s most hostile climate conditions. It is the coldest place on the planet, with temperatures as low as -80° C. Its desert of ice is the largest in the world. No permanent human settlements exist there, and there is no native population. Yet, it is a wonderful nature reserve whose glaciers contain 70% of the planet’s fresh water and it is the only region on earth not claimed by any country and politically neutral.
The Antarctic Treaty, which unites over 50 nations, has decreed Antarctica a continent dedicated to scientific research with common pacific aims: to protect the environment and to encourage international cooperation.
Antarctica embodies utopia: a continent whose extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity, freedom of research, of sharing, and collaboration for the good of the planet. It is a place where the immaculate whiteness contains all the wishes of humanity, to spread a message of hope for future generations.
The passport project unites citizens of the world to reflect on Antarctica as a symbol of peace.