Procession Banners

Procession Banners

23 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
Ikon off-site at Medicine Bakery and Gallery, Solo show
Birmingham, UK

A selection of the award-winning* Procession Banners Lucy Orta created together with female residents from HMP Downview will be displayed for the first time at the Ikon Gallery’s offsite Medicine Bakery and Gallery from 23 October 2018 to 20 January 2019.

In January 2018, Lucy Orta began collaborating with a group of female residents as part of London College of Fashion’s Making For Change fashion training and manufacturing unit, based at HMP Downview. Commissioned by Historic England, the women, assisted by students from LCF, designed 30 banners to mark 100 years since British women won the vote. In 2016, women were transferred to HMP Downview after the closure of HMP Holloway, then the largest all women prison in Europe, and the notorious site where over 1,000 suffragettes had been imprisoned during their struggle for the vote. Through workshops Lucy Orta collected testimonies considering what it means to be a woman today, the power of the vote and our shared future. The banners they created were paraded in the centenary Processions march, produced by Artichoke, in cities across the UK on 10 June 2018. During November 2018, Lucy Orta is artist-in-residence for Ikon’s 2018 Looping the Loop programme taking place on board Slow Boat, a converted narrowboat, and community spaces in Birmingham’s Ladywood district. During her residency, Lucy Orta and MotherShip Projects join together with local communities to create a processional banner based on personal experiences. On Saturday 17 November, to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, Lucy Orta, MotherShip and students from Birmingham City University lead a procession through the streets of Birmingham headed by the finished banner.  

*Participants each received a Gold Koestler Award August 2018.

Peewit | The Netherlands

Peewit | The Netherlands

01 September 2018 - 01 January 1970
Public Sculpture
Sloten, The Netherlands

We are happy to announce Peewit a new public sculpture for the European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018. The work is permanently installed in the Dutch town of Sloten as part of the 11Fountains, a major contemporary art commission curated by Anna Tilroe.

11Fountains is inspired by the most legendary of all Dutch traditions, the so-called ‘Eleven Cities Tour’, a 200-kilometre ice-skating race through Friesland’s landscape and eleven beautiful historic cities. Eleven contemporary fountains have been commissioned by eleven renowned international artists to build a bridge between the complex, global world of today and the history of a place and its population.

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s “Peewit” fountain comprises of a haphazard stack of buckets, jerry cans and water tubs and basins, implements you come across anywhere in the world. They refer to something that we in our society possess in abundance but that cannot be taken for granted in other parts of the world: water! Water is the source of all life. The water pours into and over the containers in a continuous stream, as if it were never going to dry up. Two children have climbed up the teetering tower to free the peewit from an old Frisian tradition: the gathering of peewit eggs in the spring. For the peewit has become an endangered species due to the rapid growth of intensive agricultural and cattle breeding technology. The bird is carrying a golden key in its beak, the symbol of the city of Sloten and its closely-knit community.

The 11Fountains artists include Allora & Calzadilla, Stephan Balkenhol, Johan Creten, Mark Dion and Cornelia Parker, for further information contact 11Fountains.

PROCESSIONS 1918-2018

PROCESSIONS 1918-2018

10 June 2018
London, UK

Studio Orta is pleased to present the new Historic England commission to commemorate the 100-years of the Suffragette movement, and in memory of 1,000 suffragettes that were imprisoned at Holloway women’s prison during their struggle to obtain the vote.
 
HMP Holloway in London was one of the most notorious sites associated with the Suffrage movement. It closed in 2016 and women were moved to HMP Downview. Since January 2018, Lucy Orta collaborated with them to design and create a series of stunning textile banners for the centenary Processions in London on June 10, 2018.

The design for the HMP Downview banners draws from historical perspectives on the suffragette campaign, hand-crafts and responsive workshops to collect testimonies, considering what it means to be a woman today, the power of the vote and our shared future. Volunteer students from London College of Fashion assisted the process: See blog The hand-embellished panels were assembled in Making for Change, an education training facility at HMP Downview established by the Ministry of Justice and LCF to equip prisoners with employability certifications before the end of their sentence.
 
Produced by Artichoke as part of 14-18 NOW, Processions marks the centenary of the women’s right to vote, in a living, moving portrait of women in the 21st century. Press contact Flint PR.

Warmingland

Warmingland

02 June 2018 - 05 June 2018
Group exhibition curated by Alice Audouin and Marguerite Courtel
Parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris, France

As part of the International Weather and Climate Forum, taking place in Paris from June 2 to 5, 2018, Studio Orta will install a new Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau within the Warmingland group exhibition.

In a playful nod to Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Warmingland shows that our wonderful land the planet, is seriously heating up. Warmingland projects to the other side of the mirror in a world where air is polluted, where corals bleach and where islands disappear under rising waters. But also, a world where citizens marvel at the beauties of nature, mobilize and participate in the safeguarding of their common good.
Antarctica, with its extreme climate, is a major indicator of global warming, a phenomenon that affects all regions of the world without distinction of borders. For artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, this continent embodies a utopia: a place of research, sharing and collaboration without borders for the good of all humanity, a message of hope to future generations.
The Antarctica World Passport, which will be delivered from June 2 to 5, invites the Forum visitors to join the NO BORDERS 30,000 committed citizens across the world that have subscribed to the community since its creation in 2008. 
Join us on www.antarcticaworldpassport.com

Meet the artists on Sunday June 3 at 4:30pm.

Folly | National Trust

Folly | National Trust

27 April 2018 - 04 November 2018
Public Sculpture
Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, North Yorkshire, UK

Studio Orta is proud to announce a new public sculpture, the “Gazing Ball”, commissioned for Folly! 2018 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, a World Heritage Site and one of the National Trust’s most prestigious and well visited locations.

For Folly! 2018, Lucy + Jorge Orta have re-imagined one of the former architectural follies, located by the Banqueting House where the Rotunda, a classical Ionic temple once stood. Their contemporary interpretation of the eighteenth-century folly draws from their body of work Totipotent Architecture, to bring new potential and function to lost architecture.

The artists have purposely broken with the traditional neo-classical hexagonal form to create a sculpture in ‘oppositional tension’, a feature of the Studley landscape design. They have imagined a pentagonal structure with a trompe l’oeil colonnade; the classic dome roof has been replaced by a rotating-axis tower onto which a gazing ball delicately balances.

This huge mirror sphere is designed to reflect and distort the surrounding water gardens, whilst the geometrical shaped windows act as framing devices from which visitors are offered multiple perspectives over the Moon pond, to a surprise view of the gothic Octagon Tower. The "Gazing Ball" is meant to remind us of the playful and multi-functional purpose of follies and propose new interpretations of the landscape.

For enquiries please contact Folly!

Women House | Washington DC

Women House | Washington DC

09 March 2018 - 28 May 2018
Group exhibition curated by Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA

Women House, opening at National Museum of Women in the Arts, bridges two notions: a genre - the female - and a space - the domestic one. This major exhibition brings together the works of 39 international female artists from the 20th and 21st centuries and is divided into eight chapters that reflect the complexity of the possible view points on the subject, both feminist and poetic, political or nostalgic.

In this context, Lucy Orta presents the work Body Architecture - Collective Wear 4 persons. Following on from the Refuge Wear series (1992-1998), Orta began working on collective portable structures, shifting the emphasis on the isolated individual towards the notion of living in community, where the modular dome or tent sculptures combine the principles of solidarity and where the physical connections woven between individuals inhabiting these spaces symbolize the innumerable bonds that can be forged emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

Women House travels from La Monnaie de Paris, Paris, October 20, 2017 - January 28, 2018.

70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLI | Singapore

70 x 7 The Meal, Act XLI | Singapore

27 January 2018
NTU Center for Contemporary Art
Singapore

Studio Orta is pleased to announce their second 70 x 7 The Meal in Singapore with the NTU CCA, taking place on Saturday 27 January, under the helm of The Current Convening #3, in collaboration with TBA21-Academy.

The 41st act of the ongoing series - Act XLI - Who owns the Oceans? is an open-air discursive brunch, which draws from the tradition of communal eating to create a platform that explores questions relating to the ocean, such as the entitlements of resources, its waters, food security, as well as ownership of oceanic practices, materials, and images. For this participatory event, Lucy + Jorge Orta have created a table setting relating to these topical discussions. During the brunch, the guests will continue to examine the questions raised during Convening #3’s sessions taking place at the NTU CCA from 25-28 January. This ocean themed meal is developed in collaboration with restaurateur Ken Loon of Singapore’s The Naked Finn, who has locally sourced the ingredients, each of which will be explained and related back to the wider conversation of Singapore’s food sources, its specific environment, and infrastructure.

To book a place at the meal.

 

Solo Show | Untitled Miami

Solo Show | Untitled Miami

06 December 2017 - 10 December 2017
Jane Lombard Gallery - Booth A2
Miami Beach, USA

Studio Orta is happy to announce a solo exhibition by Lucy + Jorge Orta with Jane Lombard Gallery, for UNTITLED at Miami Beach 2017.

Presented in Miami, are different emblematic works by the artists including: OrtaWater, Antarctica and Totipotent Architecture, poetic and operational aesthetic strategies that address systemic functionality: climate change, diminishing resources and forced migration.

These works come together in the physical and conceptual realization of their latest series of large-scale assemblage paintings, Derrame. At the core of the abstract gesture define by these works is an accidental moment that produces distinctive pigments and organic forms; accident is treated as an uncontrolled phenomenon; an event that mirrors the destructive force of natural disasters bolstered by human disregard and the chaos of sociopolitical cataclysms. These underlying fluid compositions find originate in Jorge Orta’s Derrame paintings, begun while living in Rosario, Argentina (1972-1984) during la Guerra Sucia. The Spanish word ‘derrame’ is used in a variety of ways: a leak (escape, loss), cerebral attack (stroke), a spill (waste), and an outpouring (effusion). In this period of state terrorism and censorship, painting became a political act of revolt and an emotional act of frustration.

Gestural paintings, sculptures and performance layered with functionality, design and political engagement compose a new field of reflection, creating lines and symmetries that structure and attempt to control the underlying chaos –derrame– while opening up new horizons. The objects frame and focus the overflow, an irrepressible continuum that hopes to catalyze a cycle of renewal and possibility. 

Press release: Untitled Miami 2017

Frieze Projects | Antarctica

Frieze Projects | Antarctica

04 October 2017 - 08 October 2017
Frieze London, Regent’s Park
London, UK

We are happy to annouce the participation in Frieze Projects London with Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, a brand new ‘convoy’ installation composed of customised ex-army trailers, curated by Raphael Gygax.

For a number of years, Lucy + Jorge Orta have been exploring the transformation of surplus military equipment, ‘weapons of war’, into ‘tools for peace’, to infuse them with new meaning. On the mobile passport office, commissioned specifically for Frieze Projects, we find references to the human body in the form of mini-bivouacs, various expedition objects and a bureau from which the passport officers will distribute the Antarctica World Passport. A limited edition of 5,000 passports will be available during Frieze Week from October 4-8. For each passport distributed, the Antarctica World Passport holder is invited to join the no-borders community, which now counts over 19,000 online citizens.

Following their expedition to the Antarctic in 2007, the Antarctica project was launched in 2008, during their survey exhibition at the Hangar Bicocca Milan, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi. Alongside the Antarctic Village, the artists lay down the foundations for the Antarctica World Passport community. 50,000 copies of the passport have been printed to date —the Frieze Projects passport will be the fourth edition.

For Lucy + Jorge Orta, Antarctica’s immaculate ice landscape is a metaphor, a filter for the kaleidoscope that make up our nations and identities, concentrating all the colours into the sum of light and the purity of a hope.

Raven Row | London

Raven Row | London

04 June 2017
Raven Row
London, UK

Re-staging of Modular Architecture at Raven Row London

First commissioned by La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris (1996), Modular Architecture is comprised of four large textile-sculptures – the Dome, the Unit, the Igloo and the Cabin. The iridescent membranes of these elementary architectural structures are adorned with demi-bodies depicted by fragments of clothing: hoods, sleeves, trousers and gloves that can be manipulated and assembled in different configurations, investigating notions of personal and collective space. Over the course of the durational performance at Raven Row, performers exploring the Modular Unit will attempt to dissolve the boundaries between body and architecture.

The performance is choreographed by Nandi Bhebhe and artist Phoebe Davies, with Zinzi Minott, Daniel Brathwaite-Shirley, Sarah Kent, Hamish MacPherson and Darcy Wallace. 

Modular Architecture is a special-event programmed in the context of the group exhibition 56 Artillery Lane from 21 April - 11 June 2017, which also includes three iconic Refuge Wear works from Lucy + Jorge Orta’s archive.

For further information: Raven Row.

Antarctica World Passport | Buenos Aires

Antarctica World Passport | Buenos Aires

30 April 2017 - 30 November 2017
CCK - Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Group Exhibition

The exhibition Naturaleza: refugio y recurso del hombre (Nature: refuge and human resources), opens at the CCK from April 30 to November 30, 2017, bringing together 40 international artists who explore, through a wide diversity of media, the impact of man on his environment. Natural resources are presented as a theme, inspiration, instrument and representation.

Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new site-specific installation of the Antarctica World Passport Bureau and will be in Buenos Aires to distribute passports welcoming new citizens to the growing Antarctica World Community. The Antarctica project was first imagined in 1995 for the 46th Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, when Jorge Orta represented Argentina. It wasn’t until 2007 that the artists finally embarked on their Antarctic expedition to found the Antarctic Village No Borders. The project takes its inspiration from the Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959, which promotes peace, international cooperation and the exchange of scientific research. 53 nation states have since signed up to this unprecedented world agreement. Antarctica’s immaculate ice landscape has become a powerful symbol of global warming. Geographic transformations and displacement of communities induced by climate change, especially along costal zones or in desert regions are redefining our local and global borders. Climate Change crosses all borders and is affecting every region of the world, without distinction. Faced with this global phenomenon the artists propose that our reaction should also be united, without borders. Antarctica World Passport proposes a discursive platform around the concept of No Borders.

Kids Creative Lab & Studio Orta mobilise 1,400,000 children

Kids Creative Lab & Studio Orta mobilise 1,400,000 children

30 March 2017 - 17 April 2017
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
Workshop presentation

For the 5th edition of Kids Creative Lab – a national educational project for Italian primary school children - the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice and OVS invite Lucy + Jorge Orta to develop a workshop with 1,400,000 children on the theme of sustainable development and respect for the marine ecosystem. The artists have devised the pedagogical project ‘message-in-a-bottle’ inspired by their works Gama and Clouds, to sensitize children about the impact of plastic waste on the environment through an arts-based workshop. 6,000 primary schools and 50,000 classes participated in the writing of a collective manifesto for the oceans. The coded messages are inserted into thousands of recycled bottles. The result of this massive collaboration is exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice from March 30 to April 17, 2017.

Contact: Peggy Guggenheim Collection or OVS

Raft of the Medusa | Hull

Raft of the Medusa | Hull

29 March 2017 - 17 June 2017
Humber Street Gallery Hull, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the exhibition Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery from 5 April to 17 June 2017, takes a closer look at the ever-changing boundaries between land and sea, exploring Hull’s long-standing prominence as a gateway to the North Sea and beyond. It reflects how expanses of water that divide countries are also channels that connect them. At a time when climate change threatens to blur boundaries further and bring far-reaching economic impact, the exhibition captures the sea’s elemental power and asks: is everywhere now Somewhere Becoming Sea?

In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present a new installation of the Raft of the Medusa, which takes its historical reference point from the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse by Théodore Géricault (1818-1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris). For the artists, the make-shift raft constructed by the crew of the Medusa from wood salvaged from their sinking vessel recounts more than the treacherous voyage of the doomed sailors on board. It is a powerful symbol of the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history and even more so today, as we play witness to the perilous journeys of the thousands of refugees navigating the oceans in search of a safe haven.

Building on the filmed-performances staged at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013, and Les Moulins in 2015, Raft of the Medusa at the Humber Street Gallery will become the site of a set of performative sequences that explore the gestures of fragility, helplessness and hope, and which concludes the cycle for the artists’ forthcoming film.

A life full of garbage | Marseille

A life full of garbage | Marseille

22 March 2017 - 14 August 2017
Group Exhibition
MuCEM - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

Drawing from ethnographic research on how our societies produce, treat, value and transform waste materials, the exhibition Vies d’ordures: de l’économie des déchets (A life full of garbage) at MuCEM from 22 March to 14 August 2017, offers a trip around Mediterranean to see how men and women are living from our leftovers. The exhibition looks at how we collect, sort and transform waste, and the inventiveness required in a creative economy of exchange and transfer. Waste is more than simple scraps!

Within the 450 objects, installations, films, data and maps, Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new sculpture: Water Purification Unit, reflecting on water scarcity and the complex issues surrounding the corporate control of access to this natural resource, which complete the series initiated for their exhibition OrtaWater during the Venice Biennale (2005).

Curator: Denis Chevallier, ethnologist MuCEM
Associate curator: Yann-Philippe Tastevin, ethnologist CNRS

SOLO SHOW | GALERIE VALERIE BACH | BRUSSELS

SOLO SHOW | GALERIE VALERIE BACH | BRUSSELS

17 March 2017 - 29 April 2017
Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present their second solo show at the Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.

In this exhibition, two series of works are brought together for the first time, uniting three-dimensional works with paintings in order to shed light on their creative process.

The first section of the exhibition is based on cell —cell of life, cell of habitation— at the core of their thinking. Inspired by cell biology and the process of differentiation, the Totipotent Architecture series is composed of hand-blown glass volumes, which like embryo cells, expand to create new spaces of habitation within the steel architectural silhouettes. The artists go a step further in their exploration of the cellular infinity with the vitrines Cells diptych, creating a new macroscopic life in intricate Murano blown-glass.

The second part of the exhibition, based on Jorge's pictorial work in the 1970s, when painting was one of his ways of escaping the overwhelming Argentina dictatorship. The exhibited works in the Derrame series, explore the idea of the accident as both a violent moment but also as a random, uncontrolled phenomenon. A three-dimensional aspect of this accidental expression appears in their brand-new series Assemblages where found objects superimposed on the pictorial surface seem placed there­ by the necessity of ordering the immaterial in a chorus between abstraction and reality.

 

70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

20 January 2017
NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Studio Orta is pleased to announce 70 x 7 The Meal, act XL a dinner for 200 guests taking place in Gillman Barracks in Singapore, on the evening of January 20, 2017.

Under the helm of Cities for People, Ideas Fest organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, act 40 of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing participative artwork 70 x 7 The Meal, draws from the ancestral ritual of dining together, to create a platform for local communities to engage in discussions that explore and connect food initiatives in the local community.

Leading up to the meal, the artists staged a collaborative workshop with Foodscape Collective Singapore to delve into and examine the concerns about food sustainability in the local and global contexts. Interactive discussions sessions with local chefs, bakers, farmers, gardeners, policy makers, activists and artists generated a range of playful and provocative topics on food production, distribution; identity & culture; and giving & sharing, to exchange with the guests attending the meal.

On arrival at the NTU CCA, guests will be assigned a navigation map that leads to 25 ‘islands of knowledge’, in a unique setting designed by the artists to prompt and perpetuate further art-food-sustainability discussions. The menu, prepared by Chef Misso Russell Keith from Open Farm Community, will continue the 70 x 7 ethos of locally sourcing sustainable produce. 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

01 January 2017

Studio Orta is pleased to announce two new video works now online:

Disappearance (2015): In Disappearance, the gradual destruction of the forest is underscored by the melancholic piano and the jagged interjection of the chainsaw. This film bridges the work of Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and the Amazonia project that Lucy + Jorge Orta began in 2010.

Platos Rotos 1982 (2015): The filmed concert for flute and smashed plates was imagined by Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and finally realised in 2015.

And our forthcoming exhibitions include:

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore | 13 – 22 January | Ideas Fest, Cities for People | New Commission: 70 x7 The Meal, act XL

Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK | 21 January - 7 May | Entangled; Threads & Making | Group show: Nexus Architecture

MASSART, Boston, USA | 23 January – 4 March | Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass | Group show: Totipotent Architecture

ARCO Richard Saltoun Gallery, Spain | 22 - 26 February | Edgardo Vigo & Jorge Orta | Archival works: Rosario 1972-1984

Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium | 17 March – 29 April | Solo exhibition

MuCEM, Marseille, France | 22 March – 14 August | Vies d'ordures - De l'économie des déchets | Group show: OrtaWater

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy | 30 March – 17 April | Kids Creative Lab | Workshop presentation

Hull City of Culture 2017, Humber Street Gallery, UK | 5 April - 17 June | Somewhere Becoming Sea | New installation: The Raft of the Medusa

Raven Row, London, UK | 22 April - 11 June | 56-58 Artillery Lane | Group Show: Refuge Wear

NEW BOOK | FOOD & THE PUBLIC SPHERE

NEW BOOK | FOOD & THE PUBLIC SPHERE

16 December 2016
Black Dog Publishing, London, UK
Monograph

Studio Orta is pleased to announce the release of Food & The Public Sphere, a compelling publication that spans Lucy + Jorge Orta’s 20-year dedication to the power of art and food. This visual compendium of socially engaging projects, sculptures and objects, examines the artists’ practice in context of major concerns of the 21st century.

"The artists' food-recycling enterprises, mass open-air meals, gleaned gastronomic diners, and mobile soups kitchens have pioneered a renewed interest in the politics of food. Communities all over the world—working from the scale of global food networks down to local methods for farming and cooking—are seeking ways to make the food system better serve the needs of people and the planet. After decades of successful cheap mass food production, policymakers and citizens are recognizing the environmental and social cost of this process. The over-industrialisation of food has forced small farms to surrender to agribusiness, reduced biodiversity in favour of monoculture crops, and assaulted communities with debilitating chronic diseases. Lucy + Jorge Orta illuminate, through the diversity of their work, issues of abundance, scarcity, waste and loss, while drawing people into a reflective experience of art that combines the aesthetics of eating, drinking, cooking, and dining". Ellen Lupton

Order a copy in time for the holiday season: sales@blackdogonline.com
View online extract: Studio Orta

Black Dog Publishing
Hardback | 169 ills | 192 pgs | 28x23cm | 11x9in | ISBN 9781910433805

OPEN DAY | STUDIO ORTA LES MOULINS

OPEN DAY | STUDIO ORTA LES MOULINS

16 October 2016

Studio Orta Les Moulins open-studio with an exhibition including new works.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 | 11am - 5pm

Discover the former Papeteries du Marais transformed by the unique vision of the artists.

Founded by Lucy + Jorge Orta in 2000, in the birth place of the French paper industry, Les Moulins is emerging into a veritable cultural laboratory. Imagined as an extension of the artists' practice, Les Moulins is a collective environment dedicated to the creation of new forms of contemporary art informed by the post-industrial landscapes of the Grand Morin Valley. Dotted along an 8-Km stretch of the meandering river, the four former factories Moulin Sainte-Marie, Moulin de Boissy, Moulin La Vacherie and La Laiterie are undergoing transformation to become artist studios, workshops, residencies, exhibition galleries, performance venues and a sculpture park; hosting artists and researchers from around the world, to re-imagine space and create artworks that resonate with the history of the place.

By train from Paris: Paris-Est Station to Coulommiers (SNCF-Transilien P). At Coulommiers take bus dir. Ferté-Gaucher. Stop Chailly-Boissy-le-Châtel.
By car Google Map: Studio Orta Les Moulins. Moulin Sainte-Marie, rue des Papeteries, 77169 Boissy-le-Châtel.
By shuttle: Galleria Continua special opening. To join the shuttle please contact the gallery.

Food | Peterborough

Food | Peterborough

10 September 2016 - 04 December 2016
City Gallery and Museum, Peterborough, England
Solo Exhibition

The husband-and-wife artist team Lucy + Jorge Orta—who in the past 25 years have explored social and ecological issues—focus on consumer food waste and global food distribution in a major show at the City Gallery and Museum in Peterborough. The exhibition examines the couple’s initiatives linked to the “politics of food”, encompassing the rituals associated with eating together. The Art Newspaper

Two new sculptures form the centre pieces to the show. Bread inspired by 70 x 7 The Meal, which took place in Peterborough Cathedral Square in 2015 and during which hundreds of loaves of bread were baked by local residents and then cast into aluminium. Carried aloft by the traditional wheelbarrows, the humble objects cross cultures and centuries reminding us of the ancestral cycles of sowing, reaping and milling, the hand-sculpting of wood and dough to create unique manifestations of our basic human needs.
Drawing from the artists’ expedition to the Peruvian Amazon in 2009, the installation Seeds is composed of 31 unique larger-than-life Murano glass seed pods framed by a collection of intricate watercolour drawings that make up a metaphorical Seed Bank. The intricate beauty and diversity of our natural world is prevalent in the artists’ act of 'preserving' varieties that may be threatened with extinction.

The exhibition also draws together archival work from All in One Basket (1996) and HortiRecycling Enterprise (1999), alongside the entire collection of limited edition Royal Limoges porcelain from the 70 x 7 The Meal series presented on the bespoke silk-jacquard table runners, woven by local Suffolk weavers.

An extensive program of engagement activities around the politics of food, accompanies the exhibition and can be booked through Metal Peterborough.

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