Born in Karlsruhe, the prize-winning artist and author Nora Krug has lived in New York for almost twenty years. She constantly looks for traces left behind by the Nazi era – traces that embody individual memories – not least in order to understand her own origins and identity better. In her book Heimat. Ein deutsches Familienalbum (Heimat: A German Family Album) Krug traced her own family’s past in literary and graphic terms. Nora Krug has illustrated Snyder’s appeal for action, adding an artistic perspective to his strategies for countering populism and authoritarian leadership. She combines her drawings and hand-written graphic stories with photographs and archive pieces, thus taking a completely new approach to Snyder’s theses, framing them in artistic terms. The graphic edition of On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century was published on October 5, 2021 by Ten Speed Press.
The exhibition was based on Nora Krug’s illustrations and her examination of historical experiences and contemporary political activity. Quotations from Snyder were juxtaposed with Krug’s original drawings and collages to form an intervention that was shown at the Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism. In addition, objects that Nora Krug found at flea markets and in antique stores in the course of her research were displayed. The various chapters of the exhibition were linked by a commentary by Nora Krug on her methods of working.