Uropas Erbe 3

Uropas Erbe (Great-grandpa’s heritage)

Montages of found footage material from the world wide web.

There were two moments in my life which struck me as moments of realisation that my great-grandad was a Nazi. The first time, when I was 14, he had just died and me and my mom were cleaning his work space when I found a swastika pin. The second moment was only a few years ago while looking through old photo albums that once belonged to him and my great-grandmother, and I saw pictures of them partying with some friends. In one of the photos a man was doing a hand-stand, wearing an undershirt with a swastika emblem on it. And although I knew before, I found myself shocked again, which had a lot to do with the situation in the photo- Nazi’s having fun.

This picture did something to me and I started researching. Some things I came across grabbed my attention- there were uniforms on fashion posters and on catwalks, the military look is dug out every other year by designers and each time the looks have to be more extreme. Some of the clothes look like they’re coming directly from warehouses of the SS. Terms like nazi-chic and SS-aesthetics exist in the fashion world and on the internet. Also in motion pictures Nazis are trendy. Movies like Sin City, The Spirit, Dead Snow, Inglorious Bastards or Iron Sky still portray Nazis as bad guys but often as intriguing or funny so as to leave positive impressions. Again, there was the nazi-fun.

For Uropas Erbe I made some montages by mounting old and new pictures together. Pictures of fashion-wear, film characters and second world war Germany. I did this to demonstrate how the horror of what the Nazi’s did and the new nazi-chic can furnish a tainted view in peoples minds.