HAMM

Drawings

Interventions

Media Art

Photographs

Sculpture

KAMANGER

Bead Knitting

Drawings

Embroidery

Interventions

Sculptures

TOGETHER

Conceptual Gardenss

Installations

Media Art

Participatory Works

My Passports

Picture of Fake Passports, Iranian Passport Picture of Fake Passports, Alien Passport Picture of Fake Passports, EU Travel Document Picture of Fake Passports, Finnish Passport

My Passports

My Iranian Passport, bead knitting, framed 28 x 16 cm, 2016
My Alien's Passport, bead knitting, framed 28 x 16 cm, 2016
My EU Travel Document, bead knitting, framed 28 x 16 cm, 2016
My Finnish Passport, bead knitting, framed 28 x 16 cm, 2016

Kamanger’s works combine traditional Central Asian craft skills with modern themes. He presents four beadworks made using a traditional Kurdish technique. The work consists of four pieces: an Iranian passport, an alien’s passport, a travel document, and a Finnish passport. Kamanger himself has had all the passports featured in the piece except for a Finnish passport. A Finnish passport has a reputation of being a “good passport” that will get you into any country. For many Finns, this “good passport” is a given. As an Iranian Kurd, Kamanger is experienced in these things, because he arrived in Finland over 15 years ago as a political refugee. He has seen in practice the difference that travelling with different passports can make.

The title of the serial piece, Fake Passports are Always Handicraft, too, makes an amusing reference to traditional handicraft techniques. Counterfeiting travel documents is a craft that is becoming increasingly difficult because of the use of modern technologies. Which is the greater consequence of the authorities’ development work, the safety or the obstruction of movement?

Suvi Saloniemi