“I didn’t come here of my own accord, and I can’t leave that way.
Whoever brought me here,
will have to take me home.” Rumi (1207-1273)
Technological advancements, increased education, and a burgeoning global economy have facilitated the movement of people across the globe in the past sixty years. But as the world becomes increasingly physically accessible, human migration, in turn, has become increasingly policed, rendering movement absurd.
Divisive rhetoric centered on exclusion, on borders and walls, is worryingly translating into action and is now considered normal.
This recent wave of activity may have found its origin in the inspired actions of one lone Tunisian man, whose self-immolation sparked a ‘Spring’ of protests across the Arab World. The ensuing humanitarian crisis has, in turn, become a limit case that is testing our investment in human rights, if not the terms of our investment in humanity itself. It is the migratory manifestation of this crisis, and the resulting reevaluation of our collective humanity.
The conversation on migration begins at the physical pavilion in Venice, a collection of three kiosks, where a performance piece exploring the cold mechanics of immigration bureaucracy repurposed for an imagined world free of borders will take place. " Excerpt text from The Absence of Paths, Tunisia’s first national pavilion at the Arte Biennale di Venezia since 1958. #AbsenceofPaths #TunisianPavillion2017 #VeniceBiennale2017 #Migration #Freesa #OnlyHuman