GOETHE INSTITUTE I COLORS OF ANTARCTICA FLAG
Goethe Institute Barcelona, Group exhibition
A new step for the Antarctica body of work! Lucy + Jorge Orta have been commissioned to adorn the facade of the famous Goethe Institute in Barcelona, in the colors of their Antarctica Flag, for the group exhibition Goethe Dialogues. From October 30-December 12, 2014, seven immense flags, each eight metres high and two metres wide will be hoist on the front of this non-profit organization, that promotes German language and culture abroad.
The flag was created by the artists in 2007, as a result of a remarkable expedition to Antarctica supported by the End of the World Biennial in Ushuaia. Accompanied by their team and scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base, Lucy + Jorge Orta founded their ephemeral Antarctic Village and raised the first Antarctic Flag. This ongoing project, with world-wide ramifications, is a tribute to the Antarctic Treaty, which now counts 50 signatory nations who share common pacific aims: to preserve Antarctica for scientific research, to protect the environment, and to encourage international cooperation.
The 'métisse' flag represents a kaleidoscope of different nations, on which all identities coexist, side by side, hand in hand. The edges blend, symbolising belonging to a larger common identity. The flag of a new world community, to be raised as a supranational emblem of human rights.