Stateless Stamps [Remix]
2021

Interactive art via digital and postal interface
by Khaled Jarrar
An interactive performance that requires you: audience and reader, to act! and become part of a philatelic intervention reflecting about human rights, statelessness, global communication, and the notion of nation-state.
Interactive performance between artist and audience.




In international law, a stateless person is someone who is "not considered as a national by any state under the operation of its law". Some stateless people are also refugees. However, not all refugees are stateless, and many people who are stateless have never crossed an international border. On November 12, 2018, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees stated there are about 12 million stateless people in the world.
The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels. A postal service can be private or public, though many [national state] governments place restrictions on private systems.
(The nation state is a form of political organization under which a relatively homogeneous people inhabits a sovereign state, especially: a state containing one as opposed to several nationalities.)
Since the mid-19th century, nation-state postal systems have generally been established as a government monopoly, with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is usually in the form of an adhesive postage stamp.

A postage stamp is a small piece of paper issued by a post office, postal administration, or other authorized vendors to customers who pay postage (the cost involved in moving, insuring, or registering mail), who then affix the stamp to the face or address-side of any item of mail that they wish to send. The item is then processed by the postal system, where a postmark or cancellation mark—in modern usage indicating date and point of origin of mailing—is applied to the stamp and its left and right sides to prevent its reuse. The item is then delivered to its addressee.

Always featuring the name of the issuing nation (with the exception of the United Kingdom), a denomination of its value, and often an illustration of persons, events, institutions, or natural realities that symbolize the nation's traditions and values, every stamp is printed on a piece of special custom-made paper whose back is either glazed with an adhesive gum or self-adhesive.

You may conduct business, perform legal action, and share your love or your sadness with family, friends or strangers, making use of postage stamps that symbolize the identities associated with the nation-state you are a citizen of.
Can a stateless person do the same thing?

Do they have less of a human right to do it?

Who dictates which traditions and values represent a nation's identity?
What do you say about it?
Post your thoughts about Stateless with a Stateless Stamp! How?
Download the Stateless Stamp
Via encrypted file-sharing system, by clicking on the Download button below.
1
Propose it as an official stamp
Submit the Stateless Stamp as a suggestion of an official stamp to your national post system. Find the info to contact your national post system through the Universal Postal Union.
2
Purchase the official Stamp
If the suggestion is accepted, purchase official stamps with that motive from your national post system. If it is not, print your own, unofficial version.
3
Send your message with it
Post your message with the official stamp, or paste your unofficial version side by side with an official stamp.
4
Be a Stateless correspondent
Your message becomes part of the Stateless Stamp archive collected by Khaled Jarrar, a multimedia artwork.
5
Create own Stateless Stamps
Design and submit your own Stateless Stamps to your national post system, or share them with Khaled Jarrar for the Stateless Stamp archive.
6
Send a postcard using the Stateless Stamp to a beloved one and friends, send one to me. If I will receive the postcard, the address is:
c/o Khaled Jarrar
Ramallah Municipality
Issa Zeiadeh st. 6001111
City Centre, Ramallah
West Bank, Occupied Palestine
+970 599 303 232
Khaled Jarrar
Artist
Stateless Stamps [Remix] re-uses motives from the work "Palestine Sunbird Stamp" by the same artist:
Palestine
Khaled Jarrar
Multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Khaled Jarrar explores the impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens while seeking to maximise the social potential of artistic interventions. Most recently Jarrar has been nominated for the 2018 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation, and the recipient of the 2016 Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award.
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