Are We Free to Move About the World: The Passport in Contemporary Art opens on February 2 at Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA). Curated by Grace Aneiza Ali, curator and assistant professor in the FSU Departments of Art and Art History, the exhibition explores how contemporary artists engage with the passport to reflect one’s freedom of movement or lack thereof. The exhibition aims to investigate how artists treat the passport as an object of inquiry, both precious and stripped of its meaning, unpacking it as an urgent response to the global migration crisis.
“This gathering of global artists examines the great paradox of the passport — its ability to grant freedom of movement as well as curtail it,” Aneiza Ali said. “And it’s an invitation for all of us to ponder a world ordered by the passport and how we negotiate our place in it.”
Artists Kelani Abass, Mona Bozorgi, Holly Bynoe, Pilar Castillo, Albert Chong, Jesse Chun, Jeremy Dennis, Pauline Galiana, Ahmad Hammoud, Suchitra Mattai, Camille Modesto, Yasmin Nicholas, Mason Richards, Farihah Aliyah Shah, Cosmo Whyte.
Are We Free to Move About the World will be on view through May 20, 2023.