Ruth Erdt

Schwamendingen 2011 – 2017

Leutschenbachstrasse 71
8050 Zürich
  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

  • © Pierluigi Macor / Stadt Zürich KiöR («Neuer Norden Zürich»)

197 posters each 90 × 128 cm or 128 × 90 cm

For years, Zurich artist Ruth Erdt (b. 1965 in Switzerland) has been photographing the immediate surroundings of her place of residence in Schwamendingen, Zurich. Her wanderings gave rise to the long-term project Lokaltermin Schwamendingen (Schwamendingen Site Visit) – an artistic survey of an increasingly changing neighbourhood. She lives in a house in the middle of the historical village centre. “When I moved here 30 years ago, Schwamendingen had a terrible reputation. But I found total freedom here. There is also room here for oddballs and the maladjusted,” she says, describing her love for District 12.

A total of 17,000 pictures have now accrued, around 200 of which line the so-called “tree pot” in Seebach’s Leutschenpark as a pictorial frieze of world-format posters. They show the interior and exterior views of a world as it was and as it is, and where it is heading. The village is the world and vice versa. Therefore, it is not by accident that the circle of pictures from Schwamendingen is transferred to neighbouring Seebach. In this park, surrounded by residential towers and office blocks, it serves as a reminder that everything has already happened here: demolition, conversion, reconstruction.

Courtesy the artist