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Long term project set to be finished for my graduation in July 2019.
Shown here are:
.photos
.DV stills
.16mm stills

Abstract:
Historically, German nationalism is partly rooted in the republican movement propelled by the Grimm Brothers' interest in the early 19th Century in researching, collecting and circulating German folklore, which culminated in a magazine called 'Altdeutsche Waelder'. The themes of 'German Woods' and 'Heimat' are momentarily experiencing a renaissance in right wing and liberal art institutional narratives alike.

A strike of silver in the 15th Century rang in an era of extraordinary prosperity in the Ore Mountains*, a narrow strip of wooded area that closes Saxony to the Eastern border. When profits in the mining business began to dry up, families took up woodworking crafts. The combination of mining and woodcraft has produced a unique ensemble of christmas decorations. One characteristic shape is the Schwibbogen, an illuminated arch symbolizing the dark adit opening. Another is an orientalist figure called ''Turk''.

The final presentation works to examine the connections of collective traditions centered around light and darkness, the eradication and politicization of christian, semite and ''oriental'' elements in these traditions during the Nazi and Soviet years, and the contemporary political climate of the region evident in the constancy of right-wing party representation, discriminatory attacks and harboring of several conspiracy junctures for the Neo-Nazi terror group NSU**.

*German: Erzgebirge
**German: Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund (National Socialist Underground)