Azu Nwagbogu is the festival’s founder and director and her statement reads as follows : In the digital world, globalisation appears egalitarian and desirable, however once one shifts to the physical, the inequity inherent in ones place of birth becomes evident with privileged or non-privileged passports conferring or limiting certain capabilities. Traveling the world freely, without being a subject of scrutiny or suspicion is still – and maybe more than ever – impossible for a large percentage of the world population, because the value of a passport is measured by calculating its “visa-free score”.
Passports delves into the constraints and prospects of the most defining official documents one can possess. The possession of it confers certain values, ideas, liberties and restriction. The absence of it strips one of the same and more, often with far reaching implications. This year’s edition aims to bring alive an alternative global environment in which artists of different nationalities are invited to explore options of creating a fluid and permeable world, where nationality, gender and historical imbalances are secondary to identity or community.
LagosPhoto Festival 2019