Since summer 2022, I am working for the foundation artasfoundation at the Center for Art and Peacebuilding CAP as a coordinator in the exchange with the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.
For the community festival ABOUT US! in Albisrieden, I'm with Habib Afsar and the support of various people who feel connected to the city district in preparation of the THE NEW US MUSEUM.
Details about the preparatory workshops, which will take place between 31 May and 16 June, can be requested here: email@example.com. Information about the festival, which will take place from 22 to 25 June in Albisrieden, can be found here.
FH Visual Communication – ZHdK
MA History of Art and Photography – History of Modern Era – UZH
CAS Arts and International Cooperation – ZHdK
Born in 1976, Mara Züst lives with her family in Zurich. She holds a diploma in Design (Visual Communication FH/Theorie der Gestaltung und Kunst, ZHdK), a Masters in Art History with a minor in Modern History from the University of Zurich and a CAS in Arts and International Cooperation (ZHdK). She works as an artist, mediator, author and researcher and is the person in charge of the estate of Andreas Züst which runs the Bibliothek Andreas Züst, Oberegg.
All experience is resource.
Mara Züst is a multifaceted artist directing her perception towards everyday phenomena or artistic-craft practices and tactics with a «hands-on» approach, often not only with immersion in the present, rather an expansion of descriptive traditions and as a testimony of experience. Concepts and Vermittlung, texts, artworks, books, exhibitions, workshops and lectures are part of her seemingly boundless field of work; in all forms, from fanzines by pupils to extensively researched work – «Pursuit of Wonders», «Doris Stauffer», «Denn wenn Chloe Olivia mag …», «Menschen Tiere Abenteuer», «Kolkata—City of Print», «Chapakhana Archive» […]
As a curious artist, Mara Züst delves on the human condition. She depicts and she forms and nurtures new organs of somatic and neuronal thinking. She creates as solo artist or in collaborations – with magical realist openness and clarity in the orientation of the interventions and performative acts.
As an activist criss-crossing the que(e)r, the search for identity does not play the main role, but rather the desire to go off the grid, to feel out new grids, to test, to interpret and initiate liberation as an equally individual and collective process, for the visibility of the primal between „us“ – and if necessary also against the dark sides of digital-algorithmic, echo chambers and identitaty politics.
As a time dancer who feels comfortable both on the boards of chronology and on the roofs of Kairos, she revels in the circulating and moving image of the possibility of eternity. Pre-writing her alphabet of attention to the living and tapping source layers on all plates and armed with artistic tactics, she rebells against an impending death of interiority and against an extinction of movements in local traditions and cultures. She firmly believes that the knowledge associated with these indigenous forms may be a catalogue of human expression in turning towards the world and the universal being.
As a square-breather, past the four corners:
Christoph Elias Meier in a translation by Habib Afsar
Awards / Grants / Residencies:
2021: Poster series Mini-Zine-Library awarded 100 Beste Plakate 21.
2021: Artist in Residence at Pathshala South Media Institute, Dhaka (Bangladesh), for the project Chapakhana Archive.
2020: Pro Helvetia research scholarship for Nepal.
2019: Kolkata—City of Print awarded Walter Tiemann Main Prize.
2018: Project grant by Pro Helvetia for Mini-Zine-Library.
2016: Doris Stauffer. Eine Monografie awarded „Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2016“ (The Most Beautiful German Books 2011).
2014: Pro Helvetia research scholarship for Kolkata (India).
2011: Andreas Züst. Himmel awarded „Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher 2011" (The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2011).
2011: Andreas Züst. Himmel nominated for the International Photobook Award 2012.
2010: Scenography of Andreas bis Züst – Eine Bibliothek auf Wanderschaft shortlisted for the Swiss Design Award 2009.
2009: Memorizer. Der Sammler Andreas Züst awarded „Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher 2009“ (The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009).