Lucy + Jorge Orta

Food, Water, Life

Lucy + Jorge Orta


     8 × 10 in (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
192 pages
300 color illustrations
Publication date: 7/19/2011
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568989914

Since founding Studio Orta in 1993, the Paris-based husband-and-wife team of Lucy and Jorge Orta has produced an extensive body of work that addresses universal concerns about community, shelter, migration, and sustainable development. Beyond merely addressing these issues artistically, their work suggests solutions by modeling fresh approaches to social dilemmas. Their often-playful projects incorporate elements of fashion, art, and architecture, which they combine with performances, multimedia events, and public debates. Featuring hundreds of drawings and photographs, Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, Water, Life presents recent works that fall into the categories of food, water, and the environment. An interview by curator and critic Hou Hanru provides insight into the artists' processes and motivations.

After graduating with an honors degree in Fashion Design from Nottingham-Trent University in 1989, Lucy Orta moved to Paris to work in the Paris fashion houses, and in parallel began practicing as a visual artist in 1991. Her sculptural work investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture. She is a professor in the department of Art, Fashion, and the Environment at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Jorge Orta studied simultaneously at the Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario in Argentina. Dedicated to transforming the methods and expressions of the dominant art academy, his artistic research explores alternative modes of expression and representation resulting from the specific social and political context of Argentina and South America in the 1970 and 1980s.

Zoe Ryan is a British writer and curator. She currently holds the position of Neville Bryan Curator of Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she is building the museum's first collection of contemporary design.

Ellen Lupton is a curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the graphic design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (MICA). She has produced numerous books and exhibitions, including Thinking with Type, D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself, and Graphic Design: The New Basics. She is a 2007 recipient of the AIGA Gold Medal.

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