The Camden Conference and Camden Public Library present Farnsworth Art Museum Creative Director Anneli Skaar on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Her talk is titled “Inspired by Fridtjof Nansen: An artistic re-imagining of the Nansen passport for the climate refugees of the 21st century." The talk is open to all. Please contact jpierce@librarycamden.org for the link.

The Nansen Passport was a passport devised for stateless peoples and refugees in 1922 in post-Great War Europe by Norwegian polar explorer, scientist, diplomat, and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. Ironically, the unknown regions of the far north that Nansen explored in his youth are today directly connected with climate disruption and sea level rise as well as the far-reaching humanitarian issues that accompany them. How are Nansen’s creative solutions to the great humanitarian crises of his day relevant to the issues of human displacement and migration that we face tomorrow?

Skaar is also an artist and discusses the artistic inspiration behind "Nansen’s Pastport." The book is a creative reimagining inspired by the Nansen passport, using Nansen’s own words from past writings to inspire empathy and diplomatic solutions in our own time. The presentation will address some of the historical context of the original Nansen passport, the history of the standardized international passport which celebrated its centennial on Oct. 21, 2020, and explain the thoughts and process behind all the creative elements included in this fine press edition published by Two Ponds Press. This book is in the United Nations Library in Geneva and in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, as well as libraries and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Skaar is a Norwegian-American artist and designer with a B.A. from the Norwegian National Academy of the Arts. She has drawn inspiration from studies from Svalbard to Greenland, and has produced several articles and lectures on arctic subjects. Skaar lives in Midcoast Maine.

This event is presented in anticipation of the 34th Annual Camden Conference—The Geopolitics of the Arctic: A Region in Peril, filmed live at the Camden Opera House and around the world, and presented via Livestream Feb. 20-21, 2021.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.