3/3 (Notes from Marquard Smith)

Truth be told, I did actually ‘come out’ publicity once before, on 12th December 2018, during an event at the Institute of Polish Culture at University of Warsaw entitled ‘Image Lessons. Visual Pedagogies in Troubled Times’. I took that opportunity a couple of months ago to speak about the students’ ‘Mixed Up, but in a good way…’ project. Being in Poland for the first time, the country of my father’s parents’ birth, seemed like the perfect occasion for me to proclaim my German-Polish-Jewish-ness in all of its wonderful contradictions, irreconcilabilities, and, possibilities. My thanks to Iwona Kurz, Pawel Moscicki, Krzysztof Pijarski, Magda Szcześniak, , Łukasz Zaremba, and especially Katarzyna Bojarska for welcoming me ‘home’! 

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This third image is of a chart showing pseudo-scientific racial classification under the antisemitic 1935 Nuremberg Laws in Nazi Germany. As a person with two Jewish grandparents, under these laws, and meeting enough of their sub-conditions, I would have been, could have been, am a Mischling of the first degree. (Mischling, literally mix-ling, meaning hybrid, mongrel, half-breed, is the German cousin to the Latin term also originating the Spanish mestizo and the French métis.) Half Jew, half Aryan, these laws were announced five years before my mother’s birth in Nuremberg itself.

Marquard Smith (5th-7th February 2019)

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