Antarctica World Passport Office - COP21 Paris / Geneva

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Date: 2015
Ref: 5079.05
Materials: Installation with reclaimed materials, chairs, various found objects, Antarctica World Passports, iPads, passport stamps, ink pads
Dimensions: 300 x 315 x 450 cm
Exhibition history: 2015 Nansen Initiative, Geneva; COP21 Grand Palais, Paris, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

Antarctica World Passport Office is a component of the long-term research project 'Antarctica', which explores topics relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. For Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica represents Utopia: a continent whose extreme climate imposes mutual aid and solidarity. The immaculate ice landscape is a filter for the kaleidoscope that make up our nations and multi-ethnic identities, concentrating the colours, races and creeds into the sum of light, and a vision of Hope.

Passport offices are constructed with reclaimed wood and found objects including boats, water recipients, suitcases, toys, that tower and bulge over rudimentary structures synonymous with the shanty town and border crossings that artists have traversed in some of remotest corners of the planet. From the passport office are delivered editions of the Antarctica World Passport. The first passport office was presented at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan, Italy for the artists’ survey exhibition in 2008. Since, iterations have been created for museum exhibitions and United Nation forums on climate change and migration. This passport office was presented at the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation on displacement in Geneva and at the COP21 UN Climate Summit in Paris (2015), to draw attention to the issues effecting disaster displacement as a result of climate induced disasters.

For further details about passport edition and registration process click here.