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Carey Harrison

Interview and Photo with the Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES Exhibition Catalog

A man with a long white beard and glasses smilingly holds an open catalog with a photo of himself into the camera. He is sitting at a small café table, in the background a street with cars

Carey Harrison with the portrait from the exhibition Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES; photo: Frédéric Brenner

My name is Professor Carey Harrison.

Where did the idea for your portrait’s staging and setting come from?

I wanted to be portrayed as belonging to the dust, the soil, of Berlin, where many of my recent forebears confronted a death brought upon them by their own forebears' ancestral religion.

How do you experience Jewish life in Berlin?

In my case I experience it as revealed in my friend Frédéric's remarkable photography.

Describe your life in Berlin in three adjectives.

Painful (memories of the Holocaust and my murdered family); joyous (my beloved youngest daughter now lives in Berlin); wonderful (I have been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin; I belong to the Einstein Forum advisory board, in Potsdam).

What would your wish be for the future of Jewish life in Berlin?

Whatever they wish for themselves.

Photography of a naked man lying prone on gravelly earth, a passage from Adorno's Minima Moralia is tattooed in two columns on his back

From the photographic essay ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES by Frédéric Brenner, JMB, purchased with the support of the Friends of the Jewish Museum Berlin.

Citation recommendation:

Jewish Museum Berlin (2021), Carey Harrison. Interview and Photo with the Frédéric Brenner – ZERHEILT: HEALED TO PIECES Exhibition Catalog.

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