Lucy Orta

It is difficult to place the work of Lucy Orta (1966) in categories. Her designs go beyond the boundaries between different genres, whether they be in the field of fashion, architecture or the traditional arts. The start of her career coincided with a budding interest in the underprivileged and social misfits. Her first designs were therefore aimed at helping to improve the comfort of the homeless and other drifters. This 'Refuge wear' consisted of water and wind-proof clothing, coats which could also fold out to serve as tents or sleeping bags, etc. In the eyes of the artist these designs are examples of mobile architecture, adapted to suit the needs of nomadic man.

The social aspect continues to play an important role in Lucy Orta's work. By approaching her work from an interdisciplinary point of view she breaks through the boundaries between the different art forms, which have become too rigid. Similarly she also hopes to do away with social differences, inequalities and the isolation in which people find themselves. Orta rethinks the traditional principles of social structures and examines the possibilities of new ideas with a deeper commitment.

The performance entitled The Meal is perhaps the best illustration of the social and artistic position Lucy Orta adopts. For the opening of the Over de mensen en de dingen exhibition at Z33 this performance was staged for the twenty-third time. As the title suggests a meal was prepared for the invited guests. The tables were laid with the greatest care by the artist herself with plates she had designed and had made in the Limoges china factory. However, Orta's main aim in these performances is to promote contact between people. This is why she invites what is in prin-ciple an endless number of people for each meal. Here she refers to the biblical sum of seven times seventy: nobody is excluded. - Katelijne Beerten


13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
13.02 to 01.05.2005
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