"Passports: Lives in Transit" 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, the exhibition addresses this major contemporary issue through the lens of passports, visa applications, and other documents associated with noteworthy 19th- and 20th-century travelers, émigrés and refugees, including George Train, Leon Trotsky, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, and Shirley Graham Du Bois.

Also on view, items of personal significance to a Harvard student telling the story of his late mother's immigration to the U.S. and how this experienced forever marked her life, as well as a multimedia art installation of used passports purchased online. Both further underscore the exhibition’s engagement with current geopolitics and activism.

The exhibit is open through August 18. See library hours.

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Tags:
  • Geography
  • Sociology