Artists with borders

After September 11 and the ensuing ‘war on terror’, the United States and many of its Western allies went into lockdown. In the name of national security, the ability to enter and exit these countries was restricted. An increasing number of examples reveal artists caught in the queue – individuals and companies refused seemingly legitimate entry to a nation, despite their capacity to fuel an econo
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After September 11 and the ensuing ‘war on terror’, the United States and many of its Western allies went into lockdown. In the name of national security, the ability to enter and exit these countries was restricted. Enhanced border protection and new visa requirements made it tougher for tourists, workers and aspiring immigrants to get in the front door, let alone put their feet up for a while.

An increasing number of examples reveal artists caught in the queue – individuals and companies refused seemingly legitimate entry to a nation, despite their capacity to fuel an economy or bridge cultural barriers.

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Venessa Paech
About the Author
Venessa has worked as an actor, singer, producer, choreographer, director and writer in New York and Australia. She earned a BFA in Theatre from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts) and an MA in Creative Media from the University of Brighton (UK). She was head of Community for Lonely Planet for several years and is currently Lead Community Manager for Community Engine. She is a published social media scholar and regularly speaks and consults around online communities: clients include Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Live Performance Australia, Ad:tech, Eye For Travel, Media140, Australian TAFE Marketing Association, SitePoint, Social Media Club Melbourne, Print NZ and more. Venessa is the former Editor of Arts Hub Australia.