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Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport project


by on Jul.29, 2010, under Events


Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
26-31 July 2010

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to host the internationally renowned artists collective IRWIN, members of NSK (New Slovenian Art). Over a one week period of screenings, lectures and panel discussions, Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport Project will take as its point of departure, NSK’s artistic intervention State in Time and its increasing significance in Africa especially within the context of Nigeria. State in Time, one of the most (in)famous projects produced by NSK, evolved out of their earlier activities, finding formation as a ‘state’ at the collapse of Yugoslavia and the coming into existence of the Republic of Slovenia in 1991. NSK’s State in Time transcends a physical geographical location or a defined statehood within a prescribed ethnic, cultural or religious belief, providing what IRWIN collaborator and writer Alexei Monroe describes as “a conceptual form of identification for individuals from diverse nationalities.

Since the initial presentations around the world in the 1990s of State in Time the project is currently receiving a substantial number of requests for citizenship of the NSK ‘State’ from Africa especially from Nigeria. This has resulted in many Nigerians assuming a dual identity as holders of NSK and Nigerian passports. In view of these new developments IRWIN conducted interviews with African/NSK citizens living in London, to ascertain their reasons for applying. Could it be in support of the initial artistic purpose of NSK? Do they see it as an avenue with which to move from one territory to another? Or is it for other socio-political reasons? Towards a Double Consciousness: NSK Passport project will allow further debate on both the artistic and political implications of the NSK State in Time action, offering an examination of their original artistic interventions within the Nigerian context.

This project forms part of CCA, Lagos’ year long programme On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise celebrating 50 years of independence by seventeen African countries including Nigeria on the 1st October 2010. It provides an avenue to interrogate notions of nationhood at a time when our ideas of citizenship is continuously being challenged by state policies such as Nigeria’s contentious ‘federal character’ system or through religious and ethnic disturbances such as the recent unrest

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in the city of Jos, as well as the perennial civic unrest of the oil rich Niger Delta. Towards a Double Consciousness attempts to interrogate the way in which artists propose and individuals search for alternative – real or fictional – possibilities that goes beyond notions of a fixed identity or geography.

IRWIN is a collective of artists Dušan Mandič (b. 1954), Miran Mohar (b. 1958), Andrej Savski (b. 1961), Roman Uranjek (b. 1961) and Borut Vogelnik (b. 1959), which comprises one of the core groups within the artists’ collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). IRWIN was founded in 1983 in Slovenia. Recent exhibitions include: The Promises of the Past, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2010; The Eye of the State, The Israel Center for Digital

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The members of the group live and work in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Programme

26th – 31st July 2010
Screening: Research interview of NSK Citizens as well as artists based in Nigeria.

Friday, 30 July 2010 Time: 3 pm
Topic: Introduction to media art and the use of video in relation to other forms of new media, technology and performance in contemporary art.
Speakers include; Dr. Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik and Performance artist Jelili Atiku.

Saturday, 31 July, Time 2pm
Screening: 2:00pm Screening of interviews with African NSK passport holders living in London.
Panel Discussion: 3:00pm
Topic: NSK State: The Nigerian connection. A discussion on the significance of an artistic action made in Europe in the 90s on contemporary African consciousness.
Speakers include; Dr Inke Arns, IRWIN members: Miran Mohar and Borut Vogelnik, NSK member Eda Cufer

and Nigerian NSK passport holders. Moderated by Loren Hansi Momodu.

Curator: Loren Hansi Momodu
Curatorial Advisors; Dr. Inke Arns, Director, HMKV, Dortmund and Bisi Silva, Director, CCA,Lagos

The Advanced Cultural Management Programme and Towards a Double Consciousness are supported by the Goethe Institute, Johannesburg and Nigeria.

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37 Comments for this entry

  • Christian

    It is possible to get a passport of NSK.

    Greetings from the worlds ass (Peine , Germany)
    Christian

  • canut

    NSK is not the only micronation which wakes the interest of Nigerian People.

    -the Conch Republic too : http://www.conchrepublic.com/passports1.htm

    -the State of Sabotage : http://www.sabotage.at/allgemein/august-29th-2006

    -the Grand Duchy of Francisville, despite of it does not issue passport, on the contrary of Conch and SoS.

  • Humphrey King

    it’s great to see NSK expanding!

  • oduntan kehinde oluwasanjo

    dear sir,i have interest in coming down to athens but i need nsk passport.thanks [please reply to my mail]

  • adebanke

    good day there, am holder of your passport,how can i come over to the country, i am in Nigeria,and it is very difficult to hold foreign passport in our country, please reply to my email address.

    • Seidu Abubakar

      I am a holder of NSK passport and reside in Ghana (west Africa).the immigration in Ghana find the passport as invalid.I wold be grateful if you could send me a letter to prove the authenticity of my passport or the address of your office/agent in Ghana.

  • akinpelu akinkunle idris

    dear sir,am holder of nsk passport,i reside in nigeria,how can i use it to your country,as you know that is dangiros by holding foreign passport in our country,please reply to my email address.

  • Adewole Alao

    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    I am currently residing in Nigeria. A travel and tours agent here recently approached me that I can get the NSK passport through them after paying a stipulated amount of money.

    How genuine is this and what do I stand to contribute to the NSK state as a citizen/ passport holder?

    Thanks for your prompt response.

  • mr femi

    sir,
    i will like to know the usefulness and validity of the NSK PASSPORT issue to me as a holder. your urgent reply is needed thank you

    • RASHEED ADENIYI ABIODUN

      sir, i have read manythings on NSK passport of which some are sying that the NSK passport is fake,and I have been trying to know the usefullness of the passport of which the aurthority that gave the passport out have not said anything about it,and i had collected mine since 2008 of which i don’t know the important up till now. pls, kindly reply me with this e mail address. THANKS.

  • aromire kehinde hassan

    can someone get the direction of air ticket from to NSK, Slovenia. please i need urgent reply

  • morufu oduola

    please i want to be a citizen of NSK as a holder. i need a reply urgent

  • akinola ayobami y

    i am akinola Yahya.a. with passport number EA003370 with permanent residence address Number,house no9,44 Modupe Estate Ayawoele road AJUWON AKUTE LAGOS STATE.As a citizen of NSK state i wish to know much about the provision of facilities available.,such as accommodation,Employment and institution appointees. i will be very glad to hear from you very soon
    yours

  • Olagbaju babatunde s.

    Hello sir/ma i am an holder of the nsk passport how can i travel with it from nigeria

    Hope to hear from you soon

    Tunde

  • MARKO

    HOW CAN I GET NSK PASSAPORT ?I LIVE IN SLOVENIA AND IM INTERESTING FOR IT.THANKS LOT FOR ANSWER.MARKO

  • Falade sunday samson

    Dear sir, am FALADE SAMSON SUNDAY (i live in NIGERIA) citizen of NSK which to inform you that i shall be attending NSK conference in BERLIN this october at my own expense. Long live NSK With my best regards.

    • olakunle

      am olakunle an nsk passport holder i reside here in nigeria are you sure u are traveling with nsk passport at your own expense.how doing obtain your visa for the state.iwish to hear fron soon.
      thanks

  • Falade sunday samson

    Dear sir, am FALADE SAMSON SUNDAY (i live in NIGERIA) citizen of NSK which to inform you that i shall be attending NSK conference in BERLIN this october at my own expense. Long live NSK With my best regards. pls. i need a reply thanks.

  • adekunle john

    i have read many things on NSK passport of which the authority that issue the passport have not come out to say something serious about the mission of issuing passport to foreigners.i got my passport 2007 since then i have being trying to know the usefulness of the document.it is a crime for you to have foreign passport out side the country of your birth.pls i thought this passport will be useful for me to live this country.pls tell me the advantage of being the citizen of nsk.kindly reply via this e mail address.

  • owhoso okiemute

    sir, how can i apply for the nsk pass sport here in nigeria………..

  • Sari Känsälä

    Please stop spamming with those nigerian letters.

  • adegboye david

    Hi sir, myself and colleagues have the nsk passport with us but still do not know how to use it, because the embassy is yet to be in nigeria. pls what do we do. its very urgent.

  • olly victor

    hi, pls i need to know more vital information on how to get to the nsk passport. its very urgent.
    thanks

  • michael

    is so funny dat you will have a stange passport and you dont know wat to use it for please i have this nsk passport and is just like a decoration in my crib how do i use it or wat is it use for……

  • sam

    to all interested in the validity of this passport

    most nations will not recognize this as a valid passport, and will not allow you to travel with it. it is possible that an immigration officer will not notice, but it is unlikely. a more likely possibility is the world service authority. they issue a “world passport” which is recognized unofficially by some countries, and officially by several countries. i wish you all the best of luck

  • koby hagan

    Dear sir,am holder of nsk passport,i reside in Ghana Accra,how can i use it to your country,as you know that is dangiros by holding foreign passport in our country,please reply to my email address.

  • koby hagan

    Dear sis, am a holder of NSK passport and reside in Ghana (west Africa).the immigration in Ghana find the passport as invalid.I wold be grateful if you could send me a letter to prove the authenticity of my passport or the address of your office/agent in Ghana.

  • largeman

    pls tell me about nsk passport and can i travel with it pls .reply me thanks

  • Max

    Hi
    where i can get a Passport?

    So i hope for help.

    Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
    Max

  • bimbo

    Hi,i m a holder of NSK passport who resides in Nigeria.I will like more light to be thrown on the authencitiy of this passport.I dont really know if the passport is valid.Please reply me via my mail.Thanks.

  • DON SAMMY

    please am a holder of NSK passport since 2010, please how can i re-new my passport also how can i get to Slovenia with this passport.again,how authenticity is
    the passport

  • FreeKoenigsberg

    Hello. I am from Russia. How can I get a passport?

  • Godson

    sir,
    i will like to know the usefulness and validity of the NSK PASSPORT issue to me as a holder. your urgent reply is needed thank you
    Reply, Godson.

  • Tristan Mendoza

    Want passport- tired of USA for 40 years!

  • Tristan Mendoza

    I have known of Laibach since the mid 1980s. I have technological help I can bring to NSK

  • Tristan Mendoza

    Shii yes they are art objects and people foolish to believe otherwise. I want to be a part of NSK movement

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