“This exhibition conceives of passports as the ruins of a modern dream now in terminal crisis – the dream of a globalized world. Drawing on the collections of Harvard Library, Passports: Lives in Transit addresses this major contemporary issue through the lens of passports, visa applications, and other documents associated with noteworthy nineteenth- and twentieth-century travelers, émigrés and refugees. Also on view, items of personal significance to a Harvard student telling a story of Latino immigration to the U.S., as well as a site-specific multimedia art installation of used passports purchased on e-commerce sites, further underscore the exhibition’s engagement with current geopolitics and activism.”
Passports: Lives in Transit addresses pressing contemporary issues around immigration, travel bans, citizenship, state power, the global refugee crisis, and political asylum. The exhibition has some fascinating documents from Leon Trotsky, George Balanchine, Timothy Leary, and other historical figures.
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