American artist Tom Sachs has opened his Swiss Passport Office in London, which remained open for 24 hours between 6pm Friday, 5 October 2018 and 6pm Saturday, 6 October 2018.
During that time, visitors are issued with a Swiss passport at a cost of €20. No British pounds are accepted as part of the installation addressing international contemporary concerns, from Brexit, to Syria, to Trump’s immigration policies, and the notion of global citizenship.
Choosing the Swiss passport for its prestigious brand identity, the project attempts to break down the increasingly strict borders and eliminate the man-made concept of nationality. “This comes at a time where our liberal democracies are being threatened, and oppressed people all over the world live in danger and without refuge”, says Tom. “Swiss Passport Office represents enforcement of artificial borders, the antithesis of freedom, and the movement of people and goods”.
“To effect change, we must first imagine the world, not the way it is, but the way we want it to be”~ Tom Sachs