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Lucy + Jorge Orta: Fabulae Romanae


The “Fabulae Romanae” project generates from the seminal art practice of the Orta and operates within that interdisciplinary space where art, fashion, design, architecture and poetry co-exist, thus becoming a sentinel of the opening scenarios and complexity of our times. Orta’s artistic research has consistently pointed in the direction of social, anthropological and philosophical themes, underlining art’s critical force in recounting and addressing the emergencies of contemporary living. Their body of work has engaged and debated on topics of daily life such as journey, nomadism, mobility, shelter, survival, living conditions, sustainable development, thus evoking universal themes that range from the value of roots and origins, to the relevance of community and the respect of human rights. Lucy + Jorge Orta build (in works like Refuge Wear or Body Architecture) shelters, clothes, cocoons that transform the relation of the individual with the surrounding environment. Orta envisioned the MAXXI project on invitation of Ermenegildo Zegna, in the context of the company’s involvement in the field of arts and coherent with its social engagement, as a message of interconnection between ethics and aesthetics. “Fabulae Romanae” originates from the most cherished form of the artists duo’s language: the tent, the hut, the dome meant as nomadic system of shelter, easy to adapt to any circumstance, but at the same time a symbolic and sacred form by definition.

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