Antarctica World Passport | La Littorale #6
Curated by Paul Ardenne, La Littorale #6, the Basque Coast biennial of contemporary art, offers a journey through outdoor monumental works installed in emblematic locations across the town of Anglet: La Barre, the Izadia ecological park, the seafront, as well as La Chambre d’Amour.
La Littorale questions the tensions and contradictions to which our shorelines are now subject. Places that are sought after for their gentle lifestyle, are now political spaces with limits, boundaries and physical frontiers.
In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta launch a new monumental work commissioned by the biennial: M.I.U. Antarctica World Passport, Mobile Delivery Bureau. A former army vehicle, customised and equipped with metaphorical objects and survival materials such as stretchers, camp beds, and life buoys, symbolically evokes a “Mobile Intervention Unit” which could intervene in an emergency situation providing shelter, water, food amongst other things. Since 2001, the artists have been developing these modules as a way to facilitate mobility and autonomy of individuals and in some cases encourage interaction and active participation of communities. Installed at the beach of La Barre in the North of Anglet, the work references the increasing numbers of refugees displaced through conflict and climate disasters. An Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, the largest so far, is also part of the installation. Antarctica, a continent of cooperation, dedicated to science, preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, is for the artists, a powerful symbol, a utopia of a peaceful world without borders. The Antarctica World Passport has mobilized 50,000 citizens around the world so far, not only to protect the Antarctic, which represents 70% of the planet’s fresh water, but also to take action against global warming and for peace.