Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, Geneva
Materials: Bureau construction in reclaimed wood, laminated photographs, chairs, various objects, Antarctica World Passports, passport stamps, ink pads
Dimensions: 300 x 315 x 300 cm
Exhibition history: 2015 COP21 Grand Palais, France; Sicli Geneva, Switzerland; 2014 Le Portique, Le Havre, France
On October 12, 2015 representatives of some 100 States from around the world, as well as international organizations, NGOs and academics, came together as part of the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation, to endorse a document called the Protection Agenda, which addresses the needs of people displaced across international borders in the context of disasters, including the effects of climate change.
To accompany the process, the University of the Arts London curated the exhibition Displacement, seeking to provide a dynamic public interface and heighten awareness of the key issues and challenges facing the urgent need to recognize the plight of displaced people across the world due to slow and sudden-onset disasters, many of which are exacerbated by climate change.
For the occasion, Antarctica World Passport Bureau was installed in the Sicli Pavillon, Geneva as an integrated cultural component of the consultative process, foregrounding art practice and research as a methodology to add critical value to the Nansen Initiative process. The exhibition was hosted by the Swiss Ambassador and the State Secretary of Norway, and Antarctica World Passports were delivered to the 350 delegates present, who signed up to become members of the Antarctica World Passport community.
The passport office will be installed at the Grand Palais, Paris from December 4-10, 2015, and will be open to the general public during the COP21 climate summit.