Back in Le Havre - Post It
Le Portique, Le Havre, Group Exhibition
On February 21, Le Portique will open for an inaugural group exhibition Post It, in the new building, which will now house Le Havre’s first contemporary art centre. Paying homage to the artists who have supported Le Portique over the years, the exhibition Post It reflects back over the six years of rich programming of this unique venue for contemporary art.
On this occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s will show two objects from the emblematic series Life Line. Suspended from the artists’ hand-made life jackets, are a number of disparate objects: gloves, flags, flasks and floats, which evoke as much an explorer’s baggage, as a very practical survival kit. These objects may refer symbolically to spirituals human needs, or to environmental issues such as water shortage. They are both survival elements, and tools to cure the loss of solidarity in social life.
Life Line evolves from the 2007 Antarctica expedition, a symbolic ephemeral installation aimed at defining a neutral territory for displaced citizens. Affected by this beautiful landscape, Life Line borrows elements from this continent. If the environmental question is significant in Lucy + Jorge Orta’s work, Life Line also shows the importance of sculpture and assemblage in their practice.