MARC BOTSCHEN

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Soft Pass

[2022 - ongoing]

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Museum Folkwang

Documentory Photography Award 14

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In the German Reich between 1933 and 1945, the so-called „Ahnenpass“ (ancestry passport) served as proof of the „Aryan descent“ of its bearers and assigned them the bureaucratically verified status of legitimate citizens of the nation state at that time. The work Soft Pass is an in-depth exploration of my great-grandfather‘s Ahnenpass, and features black reflective reliefs together with photographs taken from them. The basis for the reliefs is a so-called composite photograph, in which all double pages of the document were photographically digitised and layered on top of each other — a technique used in 19th century

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