Antarctica World Passport
Materials: Edition of passports and online data base for Antarctica World Citizens
Dimensions: 12.5 x 8.5cm each passport
Exhibition history: 2018 Migration Week, Marrakesh (5th edition); 2017 Frieze Projects, London (4th edition); 2013 Parc de la Villette, Paris (3rd edition); 2012 Southbank Centre London (2nd edition); 2008 Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Milan (1st edition)
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Antarctica World Passport is a limited edition artwork created by the artists Lucy + Jorge Orta. It forms a key-part of the artists' research project Antarctica, which explores topics relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. For the artists, the Antarctic continent embodies Utopia: the extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity, freedom of research, of sharing and collaboration for the well-being of the planet earth. A metaphor, embodied by an immaculate whiteness that contains all the wishes of humanity, spreading a message of hope for future generations.
The artists have chosen Antartica because of the power it exerts on our minds. The continent has the earth's most hostile climatic conditions, it has the world's largest ice-desert and temperatures can drop as low as -80° C. Yet, it's an immense nature reserve whose glaciers contain 70% of the planet's fresh water. However, Antarctica's unique ecosystem in serious danger due to global warming. No permanent human settlements exist, there is no native population and it's the only politically neutral region on earth not claimed by any country. The governing Antarctic Treaty, which unites over 50 nations, has decreed Antarctica a continent dedicated to scientific research with common pacific aims: to encourage international cooperation and protect the environment for future generations. Antarctica is Hope!