What is Jewish?
A Poster Campaign
in Basel City
Our pop-up installation «Literally Jewish» can be seen on posters throughout Basel. Definitions of «Jewish» from encyclopaedias over the past 400 years demonstrate a shifting view on Jews and Judaism.
On the posters, four people comment on the encyclopaedia definitions. «Lost!» says Mimi, 14, on the assertion of the Damen Conversations Lexikon from 1836: «The most beautiful Jewesses can be found in Algiers.». With regards to the Wikipedia entry of 2020, our guide Louise, 28, says, «2020 views are old news.» Alessandro, 35, says of the Swiss Idiotikon dictionary entry from 1891: «I’d rather be inverted than mainstream!» Our graphic designer, Elena, 29, wonders if you can see from looking at her what she believes in.
Join us for a discussion on one of our guided tours of the exhibition.
verfasst am 17.12.2021
Photos © Martin Oravec