Olivia Heussler: Zürich, Sommer, 1980 (English and German Edition)

 
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Zürich, Summer 1980, is all about barriers, barricades, police in riot gear, demonstrators, rubber bullets, water cannons and regular doses of tear gas. Clashes in public places between the establishment and the alternative scene were played out at levels of violence and readiness to use it that would be unimaginable today. Her pictures show a summer whose scenes of violence and joyful happenings changed and made a lasting impact on many people's lives.

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30 years ago, the streets of Zurich were almost on a war footing. Clashes in public places between the establishment and the alternative scene were played out at levels of violence and readiness to use it that would be unimaginable today. Unlike 1968, the anarchic youth revolts in Zurich in 1980 were an avant-garde spectacle and made international headlines. The only tangible demand coming from the young people was that they wanted an Autonomous Youth Centre (AJZ), but in fact what they wanted was everything, now. Using this insistence on everything, deliberately slanted towards the absurd, with Dadaist wit and subversive camouflage, the movement unsettled representatives of all the established political forces, including many 68ers who were just starting to take over the institutions. The street battles in summer 1980 marked a shift towards open cultural politics in Zurich and to comprehensive development and marketing of urban youth culture. To a certain extent, the movement was event culture avant la lettre. Without it there would have been no street parade, and no party culture making an international impact.

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Olivia Heussler was born in Zürich, Switzerland in 1957. Based in Zürich she started 1978 travelling the world for numerous publications and works today on long term projects using different kinds of media frames, such as outdoor campaigns on public billboards or film. She has exhibited widely in Germany and Switzerland, as well as in London, Paris, New York, Jerusalem and Managua. Her photographs  are in the permanent collections of the Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and several other major European collections. Her work appeared in many books, such as Out of Jerusalem (Benteli 1993), Schichtwechsel (Rotpunktverlag 1996), Gotthard: Das Hindernis verbindet (Werdverlag 2003), The Dream of Solentiname (Edition Patrick Frey 2009), Zürich, Sommer 1980 (Edition Patrick Frey  2010), and El sueño de Solentiname (IHNCA-UCA 2010). oliviaheussler.com

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