About Lucy + Jorge Orta

Highly thought-provoking.


This important exhibition of new and critically acclaimed work by Lucy + Jorge Orta revolved around the theme of water, which is central to the Ortas’ practice. The exhibition launched the major new artwork, The Raft of Medusa and a new life-sized bronze for the open air from the Ortas’ ongoing Spirits series.

Further work shown in the gallery included items from Refuge Wear (1992–98) and Body Architecture (1994–98): portable architecture, lightweight and autonomous structures raising issues of survival.

Inspired by their global research trips, the Ortas’ collaborative practice explores some of the 21st century’s most pressing issues surrounding the environment and sustainable development, habitat and community, mobility, migration and climate change.

A programme of associated events, mentoring opportunities for young artists and a YSP limited edition plate accompanied the exhibition.