Six Yugoslavian Passports


Who owns your passport? By law, passports are owned by the states that issue them, not by the people who hold them. Lives in Transit (2018), the site-specific art installation that anchors Houghton’s current exhibition Passports, seeks to address this question in its display of expired and cancelled passports bought by the co-curators on e-commerce sites. Bound as small books, they belonged to people living in the twentieth century from diverse countries –some of them now extinct (such as Yugoslavia, the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, and Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes). Having been deprived by time of their original function as legal documents, these passports have entered the realm of trade, and now they are displayed as both pieces of art and memory.

Join Rodrigo Del Rio and Lucas Mertehikian, co-curators of Passports: Lives in Transit, to hear about their collection of purchased passports that make up the art installation.

Edison & Newman Room

The room, its programs, and its exhibitions are supported by the generosity of the Edison and Newman families (Bernard A. Edison AB 1949, MBA 1951; Julian I. Edison AB 1951, MBA 1953; Andrew E. Newman AB 1966, MBA 1968). Located on the first floor of Houghton Library, this room serves as a location for a variety of public programs.

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