“Nansen’s Pastport”, is an artistic re-invention of Norwegian polar explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen’s eponymous refugee passport from post-Great War Europe. The original Nansen passport from 1921 – 1922 is re-imagined as a climate refugee passport for humanity, using Nansen’s own words in a contemporary context. It invites consideration on how to meet the important issues of current and future climate migration with wisdom from the past. With the international passport’s increasing importance to the freedom of mobility of humans worldwide, the project also recognizes the passport as one of the most powerful and influential types of “books” in the world today. Published by Two Ponds Press.
The exhibition opens September 20 at the Trygve Lie Gallery at the Sjømannskirken i New York. More information can be found on the Sjømannskirken in New York Facebook page.