Deers, Michigan, c. 1912; George Shiras © National Geographic Creative Archive (above), pack of wolves, Untervaz, 19.01.2014; Rebé Gadient © KORA.


Images of the present and of those that must not be forgotten. Pictures of George Shiras and those that no longer exist «Der Zerfall» («The Decay»). Talks about photography with Alixandra Fazzina, Pep Bonet or Nancy Borowick and those who were never conducted.

Three years ago, KEYSTONE launched the photography platform SCHWARZER MONTAG (BLACK MONDAY). After the first nine events we took a break for reflection and then reported back, first with «Das Tuch» («The Sheet», February 2016), then with «Der Zug» («The Train», April 2016), «Die Katzen» («The Cats», June 2016), «Der Zerfall» («The Decay», September 2016), a talk with Alixandra Fazzina and Pep Bonet (October 2016), «Die Fotofalle» («The Photo-trap», February 2017), a talk with Nancy Borowick about her book «The Family Imprint. A Daughter’s Portrait of Love and Loss» (March 2017), «Die Flüchtlinge» («The Refugees», May 2017) and finally «Dummies» (June 2017).

Photography has always been the focal point. It was always the medium itself that we wanted to address. Then we started publishing a newspaper for each event. We can only recommend that you read once again the text «LAFERZL» by Ann Cotten («Der Zerfall»), or the text by Valentin Groebner for «FLÜCHTLINGSFOTOGRAFIE» («Die Flüchlinge»), or the interpretation order «Maquette hin - Maquette her» by André Vladimir-Heiz («Dummies»). Just because of this magnificent treasure alone, it is worth keeping the newspapers in order to take them out again at the right moment - and to be able to delve into the subject again.

The SCHWARZER MONTAG (BLACK MONDAY) goes on, when we don't know yet, but it goes on. Again we take a break from thinking, looking for new forms and new ideas. We are convinced that a photographic platform is needed, raw, independent, committed only to the medium itself. So be patient, the BLACK MONDAY returns!


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






Detail from the newspaper «Dummies»


Japanese photographer Kazuma Obara makes books, by hand. To get there he starts with dummies. They help to control taken decisions, to question form and format oft he content, to consider sequence and texture. Sometimes he produces a bunch of dummies to find an approach to the final product.

On Monday, July 3, 2017, from 6:30 pm Kazuma Obara will present at the SCHWARZER MONTAG his «Dummies», that he produced during developing «Silent Histories» but also his most recent project «30», which consists ov two book, «Everelasting» and «Exposure» and the reproduction of a newspaper. Apart from his own work he organised the dummies of seven other japanese photographers. Most important, the results from the Workshop «Dummy Photobook» with Kazuma Obara will also be presented that evening !

We are happy to invite you to the Westflügel to participate at this promising evening at the SCHWARZER MONTAG on Monday, 3rd of July 2017. The doors are open from 6 pm to 9 pm.

The newspaper «Dummies» with a text by André Vladimir Heiz will be published at the SCHWARZER MONTAG event. The newspaper can be obtained from the 3rd of July 2017  in the Westflügel or ordered here free of charge.


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



«The Refugees» (Die Flüchtlinge)



Photos © Christian Grund und © Mads Nissen


SCHWARZER MONTAG deals with «The Refugees» (Die Flüchtlinge) by two renown photographers: Christian Grund (photograph above left) and Mads Nissen (photograph above right). Both photographers were more or less at the same time in the same place - on tzhe premises of an abandoned freight station in Belgrade, Serbia, where they documented the fate of stranded refugees. By contrasting the two works, we believe that we can tell the viewer s story that sensitizes him to the image and which can also direct consciousness to the medium itself. 

On Monday, May 8, 2017, from 6:30 pm we will be talking with the two photographers Christian Grund and Mads Nissen, a discussion and a talk about refugee photography. The moderation is led by Valentin Groebner. We would be pleased to invite you to the event to the Westflügel.


The newspaper «Die Flüchtlinge» (The Refugees) with a text by Valentin Groebner will be published at the SCHWARZER MONTAG event. The newspaper can be obtained from the 8th of May 2017 in the Westflügel or ordered here free of charge.

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



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