For this last First Thursdays event of 2018, artist Tintin Wulia invites you to take part in Make Your Own Passport (2014–ongoing), a participatory public installation and workshop on citizenship, border-crossing, and statelessness. Held previously in markets and public places, Wulia invites you to make your own passport at the IMA. You’ll be assigned a national identity randomly based on passports from around the world, or you could be one of the participants assigned ‘stateless’ status. Personalise and bind your new passport and take part in open conversations around issues of migration.
Working closely with local collaborators Misha Emingerova and Stephen Jorgensen, Wulia’s Make Your Own Passport becomes part of The Passport Chain, a social campaign supporting refugees and people seeking asylum. The Passport Chain, initiated with the Romero Multicultural Hub and Lourdes Hills College, spans a network of organisations including Refugees Welcome Australia and Amnesty International Australia, QLD.
This event forms part of Wulia’s contribution to Artspace’s 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS; a year-long project highlighting artistic practice across Asia, inviting creative responses to political and social issues.
Brisbane- and Gothenburg-based Tintin Wulia (b. 1972, Denpasar) has exhibited in major international exhibitions such as Istanbul Biennale (2005), Jakarta Biennale (2009), Moscow Biennale (2011), Asia Pacific Triennale (2012) and Sharjah Biennale (2013). In 2017 she represented Indonesia in the 57th Venice Biennale with her solo project 1001 Martian Homes. In her practice, through installation, drawings, performance, video and public interventions, and working with material culture of the geopolitical border, she examines movements across borders. Her current research is on an artistic mobile ethnography of migratory nonhuman agents. Wulia is a postdoctoral fellow in design, crafts and society with a focus on migration, working with HDK/Academy of Design and Craft and the School of Global Studies at the Centre on Global Migration, University of Gothenburg. She is also a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow 2018 with the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA.