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The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959 to established freedom of scientific investigation, environmental protection, whilst also banning all military activity. In many ways this continent is still pure, a last fragile hope for a more equitable world. Drawing upon this visualization, the project Antarctic Village – No Borders, is a Utopian endeavour through which artists consider the current climate of migration and the accelerating effects of global warming.

Raising the flag of a new world community, ‘Antarctic Village – No Borders’ is a memorial to the plight of those struggling to transverse borders and to gain the freedom of movement, to escape political or social conflict, or the terrible aftermath of increasing natural catastrophes.


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Antarctica, a territory at the “end of the world” has the most hostile climate conditions on the planet. It has one of the largest desert of ice in the world and is the coldest place recorded with temperatures reaching as low as -80° C. No permanent human settlements exist there and there is no native population. The Antarctica glaciers contain 80% of the fresh water of the planet and it is the only region on earth not claimed by any country and politically neutral.

Travelling from Buenos Aires aboard the Hercules KC130 flight on an incredible journey to the Antarctic continent, Lucy + Jorge Orta embarked on the expedition to found ‘Antarctic Village – No Borders’. Aided by the team of scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base on the Antarctic Peninsula (64°14’S 56°37’W), the installation of the village took place during the Austral summer and coincided with the last of the scientific expeditions before the winter months and the ice mass becomes too thick to traverse.


Hanger Bicocca Milano

The Antarctica exhibition at Hangar Bicocca in Milan, curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, represented the first complete and organic public showing of the artworks created by Lucy + Jorge as a result of their unique experience in Antarctica. The exhibition was also an occasion for presenting other major works created by the artists over the last five years, addressing social, environmental and humanitarian issues: mobility, population migration, climate and environmental crises, and human rights. Works included the emblematic dome architectures that composed the Antarctic Village actually installed in Antarctica as well as ‘Drop Parachutes’, ‘Survival Kits’ and the video projection of their expedition.

The Antarctica book published by Electa starts from the project, Antarctic Village – No Borders, to relate the genesis of Lucy + Jorge Orta most recent productions. A ‘cahier de voyage’ rich in photographs, illustrations, sketches and drawings, together with the report of the expedition to Antarctica, from which emerge numerous points for reflection and a strong message in favour of the free circulation of people, the abolition of all boundaries and cultural exchanges between people.

Each year the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates honour with the Peace Summit Award personalities selected within the culture and entertainment business who stand out in the defence of human rights and in the diffusion of the principles of Peace and solidarity in the world. During the 9th World Summit ceremony in December 2008 at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, Bono was awarded ‘Window on the World Antarctica’ by artists Lucy + Jorge Orta, depicting an image of the Antarctic continent from their series Antarctic Village No Borders symbolising a world free from violence.


MAXXI Museum of the XXI Century, Rome

For the opening of the new art museum MAXXI in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid, 90 works from the museum’s permanent collection were exhibited along a single route winding inside and outside the museum in an open dialogue with the site-specific installations of ten international architectural studios.

Three works from the series Antarctic Village – No Borders by Lucy + Jorge Orta were selected for this inaugural display with the visitor being guided through an exploration of the complex concept of space understood in both the environmental senses, as a place of imagination and as a political and social dimension.


Antarctica Metisse Flag at Royal Festival Hall

The Southbank Centre opened the Festival of the World for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend in the summer 2012 with the unveiling of an outdoor landscape which visitors could explore for the duration of the three-month long celebrations.

The Métisse Flag, a kaleidoscope of different nations, which was first created for the Antarctic expedition in 2007, the monumental crown of 44 flags installed on the roofs of Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as the Queen’s walk flagpole stood proudly over looking the river Thames as a symbol of the festival, allowing all people to coexist harmoniously as the nations’ emblems merge to create a larger common identity.


Antarctica World passport photo by Ana Escobar

Promoting the exciting launch of the Antarctica World Passport website Lucy Orta invited guests of the CSF Habit-at Field Day to sign up for an Antarctica World Passport, an initiative to mobilise the citizens of the world to protect the Antarctic and its unique status, and to take action against global warming and for peace. Those who signed up were given a beautiful stamped passport as a reminder of the commitments they have made.

The Passport is available to purchase through Amazon with a minimal fee to help cover processing costs.


Antarctica Passport world citizens

Lucy Orta was invited to participate in the COP21 UN Climate Summit, with the public work Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, which was installed inside Paris’s iconic Grand Palais, as part of the ArtCOP21 Climate Festival of the Arts.

The Antarctica World Passport project highlights the urgent need to consider the human dignity of people suffering as a consequence of climate change. Tens of thousands of citizens around the world have already pledged their support and signed up for an Antarctica World Passport. During COP21, from 4 to 10 December 2015, thousands more passports were delivered to visitors attending the Solutions21 exhibition in Paris.

Join the Antarctica World Passport community online and get your passport from the University of the Arts e-store.