About the book
- ISBN: 978-3-7165-1865-6
- Pages: 144
- Binding: Clothbound
- Published: 9/2020
- Illustrations: 78 illustrations
- Dimensions: 23,5 x 17 cm
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"I consider the fact that a photo book of the borders closed during the Covid-19 lockdown is now already available both important and impressive."
Patrick Moser, Curator of Contemporary History and Project Manager "Grenzf√§lle - Basel 1933-1945", Historisches Museum Basel
In March 2020, Switzerland closed its borders, and the intrinsic Helvetian feeling of invulnerability was shaken to the core by the Corona pandemic. Literally overnight, freedoms that had previously been taken for granted were restricted, and everyday exchange with neighbouring countries was brought to an abrupt halt. The understandable need for protection from a life-threatening virus met with ureaucratic regulations. Jan Sulzer has documented the barriers which suddenly appeared in Switzerland through his photographs.
They show barriers on main roads, in front gardens, through neighbourhoods, on bridges and in front of bus stops, and even on the smallest of paths through fields and forests. The constructions, made from concrete elements, construction site fences and police tape, look like installations in the public space, embedded to lesser or greater degrees within their surroundings. The photographs are memorials of extraordinary measures which will hopefully never have to be repeated.
The expressive imagery is complemented by three pointed reflections:
Images of a Pandemic (Corina Caduff)
The Tender Poetry of Barrier Tape: Taking Walks During Lockdown (Christoph Ribbat)
The Border, The Body, The Ban and A Virus (Georg See√ülen)
We are grateful for the financial support of the following institutions and communities:¬†Swisslosfonds Basel-Landschaft,¬†the¬†municipality of¬†Allschwil,¬†the¬†municipality of¬†Riehen,¬†the¬†city and canton of¬†Schaffhausen,¬†the¬†canton of¬†Jura,¬†and¬†Rheintaler Kulturstiftung.