Lucy + Jorge Orta
*1966 in Sutton Coldfield, UK, and *1953 in Rosario, Argentina
Lucy and Jorge Orta’s artistic praxis is of collaborative nature and focusses on social and ecological issues. For this, the duo uses many different techniques and media, from drawings, painting, sculpturing and installation to fashion design, photography and film to light and performance. As a reaction to the global drinking water problem, Lucy and Jorge Orta developed the installation “OrtaWater – Purification Factory (2005)”, with which visitors could convert dirty canal water into drinking water.
The artists have expanded their studio in Paris into a cultural complex, “Les Moulins”, with the goal to establish a collective setting for artistic research and the production of contemporary art. They offer atelier rooms for artists, workshops, exhibition and stage rooms. The studio also includes an about 20 hectare sized sculpture park.
Exhibitions and awards (selection):
For their continuous contribution to sustainability, Lucy and Jorge Orta were awarded the United Nation’s Green Leaf Award for artistic excellence in connection with ecological messages in 2007. In 2013, their monumental sculpture Meteoros was chosen for the Londoner train station St. Pancras International. Many solo exhibitions have been dedicated to the duo’s works, among others at the Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005), the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, the Museum Bojimans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (200), and the Natural History Museum, London (2010). Lucy and Jorge Orta also participated in the Biennial die Venezia (2005) and the Shanghai Biennial (2012).