The Francis Effect

Ongoing June – October / The artist and her collaborators will be stationed outside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm on Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and from 9:30am to 1pm and 2pm to 8pm on Saturdays.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 5th Ave at 89th St. New York City, United States
The Francis Effect is presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University.


The Francis Effect is a new work by Under the Same Sun exhibition artist Tania Bruguera. Its broad aim is to challenge public perceptions of immigration through an artistic response to recent shifts in world culture.

Working within the framework of her ongoing “Dignity Has No Nationality” project, the artist and her collaborators will be stationed outside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to gather signatures on postcards addressed to Pope Francis. Referring to Vatican City as a place that was “born as a conceptual nation without borders,” these cards request that the Pope grant citizenship to all immigrants as a gesture toward reuniting the world. The new Pope, former Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the first Latin American Bishop of Rome, has established a papacy built on humility and compassion toward migrants who face challenges in their search for a better life and a safer home. The graphic on the card, an image of the prehistoric Pangaea supercontinent that fragmented to form the seven continents, references a time long before borders between nation-states were conceived of. Members of the public may also sign the petition online at

To complete the performance, Bruguera plans to deliver the postcards and an online petition to the Pope in person once over 10,000 signatures have been gathered.

For more information about the performance, please contact us at and feel free to sign the petition, to use the hashtag #dignityhasnonationality , #franciseffect share and spread the word sending to your friends this message to encourage them to visit the website and sign.