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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Talent: Lucy Orta


Lucy Orta
Born 1966 in Sutton Coldfield is an English contemporary visual artist living and working between London and Paris where she has resided since 1991.

After graduating with an honours degree in fashion-knitwear design, Orta began practicing as a visual artist in 1991. Her sculptural work investigates the boundaries between the body and architecture, exploring their common social factors such as communication and identity. She uses the medium of sculpture, public art, video and photography to realise her artworks. Orta's most emblematic works include: Refuge Wear and Body Architecture (1992–1998), portable architecture, lightweight and autonomous structures representing issues of survival. Nexus Architecture (1994–2002) are participative interventions in which a variable number of people wear suits connected to each other, shaping modular and collective structures, which visualise the concept of social link. Urban Life Guards (2004–2008) are wearable objects that reflect on the body as a metaphorical supportive structure. Lucy Orta’s work has been the focus of major survey exhibitions at the Wiener Secession Vienna (1999); USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa (2001), for which she received the Andy Warhol Foundation grant; and Barbican Art Gallery, London (2005). She has participated in international art biennales in Venice, Italy; Havana, Cuba; Johannesburg, South Africa; Athens, Greece; and the Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea and was an invited speaker at TED x WWF in 2013.

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