Nansen's Pastport

October 19, 2020

The Nansen Passport was a passport devised for stateless peoples and refugees in 1921 in post-Great War Europe by polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Explorer’s Club member Fridtjof Nansen. Ironically, the unknown regions of the far north that Nansen explored in his youth are today directly connected with climate disruption and sea level rise as well as the far-reaching humanitarian issues that accompany them. How are the elder statesman Nansen’s creative solutions to the great humanitarian crises of his day relevant to the issues of human displacement and migration that we face tomorrow? 


Join artist Anneli Skaar as she discusses the artist mission behind Nansen’s Pastport. The book is a creative reimagining inspired by the Nansen passport, also using Nansen’s own words from past writings to inspire empathy and diplomatic solutions in our own time. The presentation will address some of the historical context of the original Nansen passport, the history of the standardized international passport which celebrates its centennial on October 21, 2020, and explain the thoughts behind all the creative elements included in this fine press edition published by Two Ponds Press. The book itself will be accessible to attendees as a hands-on, interactive exploration.

Link to tickets will be available soon.

© 2017 by Anneli Skaar. 

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