Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food, Water, Life is such a fascinating book that shows how the lines between art and activism can be blurred. As Simonetta Carbonaro says in her foreword, "Studio Orta's work is evidence of how art can change our way of looking at reality." Installations, interventions and performances by Lucy + Jorge Orta focus on the necessities: water, food, shelter, peace and freedom. The work ranges from jams made from discarded market fruit to community dinners, "mobile intervention units" to mounted sleeping bags, and an ambitious project entitled Antarctic Village - No Borders. The book is laid out with a plethora of photos marking events and the objects by which to remember them; it is a very interesting study of a brave studio. Also of note is the interview with the artists.
Hardcover, 192 pages. Princeton Architectural Press, 2011. $30.40 at Amazon.