SCHWARZER MONTAG presents «The Decay» (Der Zerfall)



A staining face, infested by points, oh, photography, broken glass, the reverse readability, ah, image carrier, decaying medium.

« Everything falls apart, everything can fall apart, everything, being part of the world, falls apart, sometime sooner or later. The world is as it were, everything is decay. » writes Ann Cotton. This world has taken us into their spell. By chance, by a notice of Ennio Leanza, we came across image carriers who fascinated us immediately: Negatives in the process of decay, which, by their change, are developing a new, unique aesthetic.

The new event of the series SCHWARZER MONTAG ('black monday') is titled «The Decay» (Der Zerfall). On Monday, September 5th, 2016, from 6 p.m. Jann Jenatsch and Ylva Meyer talk at Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich, about decaying image carriers.

«You may see a cup of tea fall off of a table and break into pieces on the floor. But you will never see the cup gather itself back together and jump back on the table». Stephen Hawking continues: «The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time».

To the presentation at the SCHWARZER MONTAG a small newspaper «Der Zerfall» («The Decay») with a text by Ann Cotton will be published (in German language). This newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered here (within Switzerland).  


«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich  |



«The Cats»



Blaise Cendrars with cat, 1960. (KEYSTONE)

In the opening scene of THE LONG GOODBYE Elliott Gould stops at a supermarket on his way home and unsuccessfully tries to buy his cat’s preferred food. Back home he then attempts to outwit his cat and therefore fills the wrong food in an old tin of the right food, but, alas, the cat realizes and refuses it. So Gould is forced to head out again… And without her cat, Audrey Hepburn would probably still be sleeping in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.  

The event of the series SCHWARZER MONTAG is titled «Die Katzen» («The Cats»). On Monday, June 13, 2016, from 6 p.m. Birgit Schmid will be presenting her new book about cats and Jann Jenatsch his favourite cat pictures.

They are named Mitsou, Choupette, Jellylorum, Nigger Man and Mouche and they have been in bed with Marylin Monroe, Karl Lagerfeld, T.S. Elliott, H.P. Lovecraft and Victor Hugo: the cat’s names say everything about their famous owners. Now the «Schwarzer Montag» is on the track of household names and their feline companions with «The Cats» - the creatures who succeed to subdue even the most famous of people. Or their names are Fritz and Rosie and Birgit Schmid asks herself if her cats love her in her new book: Lieben mich meine Katzen?

In addition to Birgit Schmid’s book, the newspaper «Die Katzen» will also appear for the event «Schwarzer Montag» and can be picked up at the Westflügel or ordered here - free of charge (from June 13, 2016).

72 fine cat pictures can be seen until the end of August at the Westflügel. Meow !


«Schwarzer Montag» at the Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zurich  |



«The Train» by Kazuma Obara



Photo by Kazuma Obara | KEYSTONE


In the 1970s the Russians built the city of Pripyat in order to construct the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. After the nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986, they built the city of Slavutych on the edge of the 30 km exclusion zone. The clean-up operations around the damaged reactor number 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant were promoted from here, while the other three reactors were still running. Only in the year 2000 the last reactor block was shut down completely. Everyday people still travel to work to the exclusion zone of Semikhody, as the train station at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is called.     

Kazuma Obara has travelled along with them and taken the train from Slavutych, alltogether four times – from autumn to winter, at every season. In his work he portrays the people on the trains and reveals what they see when they look out the window: a depopulated exclusion zone, which will remain the same for generations to come.

Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara studied photo journalism and documentary photography at the London College of Communication in 2015, whereby he travelled to Chernobyl time and again. The work he created there, «Exposure», received an award from the World Press Photo contest 2016 (first prize stories in the category people). «Schwarzer Montag» presents the project «The Train» as first appearance of a complete different approach to his experience in Chernobyl.

On Monday, April 4, 2016, from 6 pm, Kazuma Obara will present his project «The Train» (Der Zug) at the «Schwarzer Montag». We are pleased to invite you to attend this event at the Westflügel.

To the presentation at the «Schwarzer Montag» a small newspaper «Der Zug» (The Train) will be published (in German language only). The newspaper can be obtained at the Westflügel or ordered for free here (within Switzerland).

The presentation will be shown until Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Westflügel. 

«Schwarzer Montag» im Westflügel, Viaduktstrasse 21, 8005 Zürich  |




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«The Decay» | Sept. 5 - Oct. 1, 2016

«The President» | Nov. 7, 2016 - Feb. 4, 2017


«The Camera Trap» | in planning

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