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Litar – a place for literature and its promotion. Zurich’s Galerie Litar hosts regular exhibitions and events on literary topics. We also produce publications and projects in the fields of literature, translation and the media.

Litar aims to spark ideas, discover new things and start conversations about rarely raised subjects. To do so, we work with programmes that run for several years and encompass a range of formats. We run our projects ourselves or in collaboration with other institutions.

The Litar Foundation is a non-profit organization; it does not accept funding applications.

 

Newsletter

Thank you for your interest in Litar. Our newsletter is published in German and informs readers about our current projects and upcoming events. It is sent out four to six times a year and can be cancelled at any time.

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Programmes

Litar works on thematic projects that run over several years. Our objective is to explore literary content off the beaten track. In a fast-moving world, Litar takes the time for an in-depth examination of a subject, allowing it to develop on a regional, national and international basis and take effect far beyond the scope of the original programme. 

litafrika
Exhibition Trilogy 2022–2024
Litar | Strauhof Zurich

Litar and the Strauhof Zurich are dedicating the exhibition trilogy “litafrika” (2022–2024) to literatures from the African continent. It takes a step-by-step approach to ‘Africa’: from diverse perspectives, and in close dialogue with partners from Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and other countries. In the sense of a participatory process, each part takes up the results of the previous exhibition and sets a new focus.

Exhibitions

litafrika – Poetries of a Continent
Strauhof Zurich, 3 June – 4 September 2022

The starting point for the first exhibition was the monumental anthology “Afrika im Gedicht” (Zurich 2015), edited by the Swiss journalist and theologian Al Imfeld. Exemplary poems were staged, ranging from postcolonial classics to the current slam and spoken word scenes. The exhibition was curated by Christa Baumberger and Rémi Jaccard. More…


litafrika, part 2 
Strauhof Zurich, June – September 2023

The second exhibition focuses on the current literary scenes of the African continent. In a series of “artistic encounters”, visual artists, actors and musicians will react to selected novels. The exhibition is designed to be shown on the continent. The exhibition is curated by Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa/Kenya).
 

litafrika, part 3 
Strauhof Zurich, June – September 2024

The third exhibition will be developed jointly in the course of the project.
 

Reader “litafrika – Poesien eines Kontinents | Poetries of a Continent”
Edited by Christa Baumberger and Rémi Jaccard, 2022.
Designed by Rahel Arnold
With texts and images from and about the exhibition.
Reader in English and German. Poems in original languages and German translation.
Info and order: info@strauhof.ch

litafrika. Poesien eines Kontinents


Anthology “Afrika im Gedicht”
Edited by Al Imfeld, Münsterverlag, 2015.
Poems in original languages and German translation.
Info and order:  Münster Verlag

 


Pro Helvetia “To-gather” 2022–2024

The Swiss arts council Pro Helvetia will be supporting “litafrika” for its entire length as part of its ”To-gather” programme. This funding structure enables new intercontinental collaborations and the establishment of long-term networks. The objective is to make dialogues between cultures more equitable and sustainable, and to try out new forms of collaboration.

 

Al Imfeld Article Collection

The collection of articles by the Swiss theologian and Africa journalist Al Imfeld contains newspaper articles on the literatures of the entire African continent from 1960 to 2014. The collection can be viewed at Litar by prior appointment. Al Imfeld article collection: Inventory
Contact: info@litar.ch
 

Erased from Swiss history: in the diary (from 1827) of Louis Wyrsch, a Swiss military commander serving in the Dutch colonial army in Borneo, the entries about his local ‘housekeeper’ Ibu Silla were excised. | Digital copy: Bernhard C. Schär, rights: Staatsarchiv Nidwalden

Stimmlos
Literature and (In-)Justice

Which voices do we hear and who is denied a voice? Litar provides a platform for writers who were heard too rarely, for a wide range of reasons. Some were institutionalized or even declared incapable of speaking for themselves. Others withdrew and eventually fell silent. What remains is written traces, stories and novels, documents of their lives and sometimes also visual works. The “Stimmlos” (“Unvoiced”) programme acts as an amplifier, following these quiet voices, providing a space for the unheard and presenting stories that have not yet been written.

An installation at Galerie Litar allows visitors to experience the theme of “Unvoiced” with all their senses. Changing exhibitions are shown in a walk-in cell. Voices sound out, combined with images, photography and film. The cell’s confining walls invite visitors to cross mental boundaries.
 

Current exhibition:

Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
Galerie Litar, 8 October to 3 December 2022
More (in German)…
 

Exhibitions to date:

Adelheid Duvanels Himmel
Galerie Litar, 30 October to 11 December 2021
More (in German)…

Friedrich Glausers Zelle
Galerie Litar, 28 May to 10 July 2021
More (in German)…

Damian Le Bas, Crisis Time / Refugee Could Be You Could Be Me, 2016 | Photo: Kai Dikhas, Diego Castellano Cano

Weltenweit 
Yenish, Sinti and Roma Literatures

Under the title “Weltenweit” (“Worlds Wide”), Litar has focused since 2019 on Yenish, Sinti and Roma literatures and cultures. Switzerland has recognized the Yenish and Sinti as national minorities since 2016. The Roma are still fighting for official recognition in the country, however. The cultures of these minorities are rich and diverse – and yet barely known. Litar organized the “Weltenweit” Festival at Kosmos Zurich (5 and 6 April 2019) to change that. For the first time in Switzerland, Yenish, Sinti and Roma culture formed the focus of a festival. Since then, Litar has held readings, workshops, teaching events and panels in various places in Switzerland and Austria, on our own or in cooperation with institutions such as RomArchive, Initiative Minderheiten Tirol and Radgenossenschaft.
 

Agenda

Unless otherwise specified, events are listed in the language or the languages in which they will be held.

Sa 8. Oktober – Sa 3. Dezember 2022
Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
Ausstellung
Galerie Litar Zürich

Die Ausstellung «Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti» ist eine leise Hommage an den herausragenden Schweizer Filmkünstler und Autor Peter Liechti (1951–2014). Eine Installation aus Filmen und Texten gibt Einblick in Liechtis künstlerischen Kosmos und zeigt ihn als subtilen Autor mit grosser Affinität zu Franz Kafka und Robert Walser.

Mehr…

Sa 3. Dezember 2022 | 13.00–17.00 Uhr
Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
Finissage
Galerie Litar Zürich

Ab 13 Uhr Open House
14 Uhr Gespräch mit Marco Baschera, Literaturwissenschaftler, David Wegmüller, Filmkurator und Herausgeber, und Christa Baumberger (Moderation). Präsentation des Bandes «Peter Liechti. Personal Cinema», Scheidegger & Spiess, 2022.

Mehr…

Information on past events is available here.

Galerie Litar

Galerie Litar stages exhibitions and holds events and workshops.

Opening hours Galerie Litar

Wed | Fr 2 to 6 pm
Sat 1 to 4 pm
and by arrangement

Letzistrasse 23, 8006 Zurich
info@litar.ch | Tel. +41 44 291 99 00

Galerie Litar 2021, photo: Zeljko Gataric

Current exhibition

Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
8 October to 3 December 2022

More (in German)... 


Previous exhibitions

Adelheid Duvanels Himmel
30 October to 11 December 2021

More (in German)... 

Friedrich Glausers Zelle
28 May to 10 July 2021

More (in German)... 

Contact

 

The Litar Foundation is based at Letzistrasse 23, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland. We host regular exhibitions and events.

 How to get to Litar: 
- Tram 10 from Zurich central station to Letzistrasse (10 mins)
- Tram 10 from Zurich airport to Letzistrasse (20 mins)
- Tram 9 from Bellevueplatz to Letzistrasse (10 mins)

 

Litar © Zeljko Gataric

Litar

Letzistrasse 23, CH-8006 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 291 99 00
info@litar.ch
www.litar.ch

Newsletter

Thank you for your interest in Litar. Our newsletter is published in German and informs readers about our current projects and upcoming events. It is sent out four to six times a year and can be cancelled at any time.

 

Sign up for our newsletter (in German)



Team

Christa Baumberger
Management

Dr Christa Baumberger is responsible for the programme. A literary scholar, cultural journalist and curator, she has wide experience of managing cultural projects. She has been a jury member of the FOC (Federal Office of Culture) Swiss Literary Awards since 2022. From 2017 to 2022, she was a curator at the Aargauer Kuratorium (head curator literature; also theatre & dance). Trustee at the Christoph Geiser Foundation; mandates as a moderator and curator.

Melissa Caflisch
Coordination and communication

Melissa Caflisch is responsible for Litar’s coordination and communication. After gaining a degree in Japanese studies, she worked in publicity for several cultural institutions, for instance the CULTURESCAPES festival and most recently Festspiele Zurich. Alongside Litar, she also works for the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich.

Nicole Schmid
Assistance

Nicole Schmid is the assistant to the “litafrika” project and for Litar’s general operations. Alongside Litar, she works in the voCHabular initiative and at Schauspielhaus Zurich. During her degree in literary studies, she gained a range of insights into the conception, implementation and communications of literary exhibitions and events at Strauhof Zurich.

Photos team: Ayse Yavas