Hands-on – Exhibition

From fall 2018 to the end of 2022 I worked with Christoph Schenker and Michael Günzburger for the Institute for Contemporary Art Research IFCAR/ZHdK on the SNF research project „Hands-on“ on documenting and conveying artistic-technical processes in print.

Since December 7th an outcome of the project is shown at Graphische Sammlung ETH, Zurich. The exhibition "On Observing the Printing" will run until March 5, the events that accompany it you find here.

Center for Art and Peacebuilding CAP

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.

Research Residency

As part of a Pro Helvetia Research Residency, I will be (artistically) researching community art and artistic-feminist projects in Nepal for a month. The trip will also serve as preparation for a publication on the radical art education of Doris Stauffer (in collaboration with Chantal Küng and Simone Koller). The travel dates are: Ende February until end of March 2023.


Mara Züst

FH Visual Communication – ZHdK
MA History of Art and Photography – History of Modern Era – UZH

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.

The central element of my work relates to developing original concepts for artistic and cultural endevours. These are mostly in the form of texts, books, exhibitions, literary events and workshops or a combination of them. To realize these concepts into the diverse forms they take, I work closely with professionals from various fields such as visual communication, photography, computer programming as well as the arts, and crafts like printings and wood work. Thematically, my interests are diverse and range from an aesthetic exploration of mundane phenomenons to artistic researches on book design and printing techniques, as well as the work of individual artists and designers.

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 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: Himmel awarded „Die schönsten Schweizer Bücher 2011" (The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2011)

2011: 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)

1957 – An HET ANDRE BEHR PAMFLET by Andreas Züst

The Andreas Züst Estate includes several diaries that the artist used, in his early ...

Ausstellungen (Exhibitions)

At regular intervals exhibitions take place, whether from the estate of Andreas Züst or Mara Züsts own ...

Bibliothek Andreas Züst

Beginning in 2003, the Züst Estate’s 10,400 books were classified by Plinio Bachmann and inventoried by ...

Bibliothek Andreas Züst – Mediation

Since 2016 an expansion of the art mediation programme offered by the Bibliothek Andreas Züst is ...

Chakapkhana Archive
Chapakhana Archive – On Tour
Chapakhana Archive – Portfolio
Cibachrome – Edition VFO

„Cibacrome“ was created for the winter 2014/15 Edition of VFO. The portfolio includes work from the artists ...

Denn wenn Chloe Olivia mag … – The Book

The late 1920s were a time of "women's exhibitions", internationally as well as in Switzerland. It is a time of awakening, of possibilities, in which self-confidently one's own room ...

Denn wenn Chloe Olivia mag … – Exhibition and Artworks

Based on the artist book Denn wenn Chloe Olivia mag ... (Because if Chloe likes Olivia ...), Marilin Brun and Mara Züst have created an exhibition for ...

Doris Stauffer – The Book

Produced during the period summer 2013 to autum 2015, a publication about the artist, art educator and feminist Doris Stauffer (1934–2017) titled „Doris Stauffer. A Monograph“ was ...

Doris Stauffer – The Exhibition

At the invitation of the Zurich off-space Les Complice the exhibition „Doris Stauffer – der januar ...

EIS (ICE) — The Exhibition

In the fall of 2020, Kunsthaus Luzern hosted the monothematic exhibition „Andreas Züst. Eis“. At the center of ...

Expanding Universe

The exhibition „Expanding Universe“ (2011/12), composed of work from the Estate of Andreas Züst and installed at ...

Fluorescent seas of fog

The book „Fluorescent Seas of Fog“ includes the most important component of Andreas Züst’s ...

Hands-on. Dokumentation künstlerisch-technischer Prozesse im Druck
Hier die Wolken!

Following an invitation from Art Exposure India in Kolkata, works by Andreas Züst and Mara Züst were presented ...


One of the indisputable cores of Andreas Züst’s artistic legacy is „Himmel“ (Heaven), a multimedia ...


Concept Website: Samuel Bänziger and Olivier Hug, Bänziger Hug GmbH
Texts: Mara ...

Irene Lady Shiva

Irene Staub, also known as Lady Shiva, was a Zürich whore, artists’ muse, and ...

"'It's never completely still', the girl says ..."
Knastzeichnungen – The Exhibition

June 2017 saw the exhibition „Prison Drawings“ in the off-space EIS, ZWOI, DRU consisting of drawings ...

Knastzeichnungen – The Zine

June 2017 saw the exhibition „Prison Drawings“ in the off-space ICE, ZWOI, DRÜ consisting of drawings ...


Kolkata—City of Print is a literary essay by Mara Züst ...


While the publication Kolkata-City of Print …

Memorizer – The Book

A comprehensive catalogue was compiled to complement the „Memorizer – Der Sammler Andreas Züst“ (Memorizer – The Collector Andreas Züst) exhibition at ...

Memorizer – The Exhibition

In 2004, Andreas Züst's collection was put on permanent loan to the Aargauer Kunsthaus. In 2009, ...

Menschen Tiere Abenteuer – The Book

The book „Menschen Tiere Abenteuer“ presents a collection of about 350 photographs taken by Andreas Züst from 1973 to 1983 ...

Menschen Tiere Abenteuer – The Exhibitions

Based on research conducted for the book „Menschen Tiere Abenteuer“, the 79-piece work group, supplemented by paintings and other ...

Météorologies mentales

In the spring of 2012, the Centre culturel suisse in Paris presented an exhibition of artwork from ...


With the support of local artists and institutions in Kolkata (India), Lahore (Pakistan), and Langnau a. A. (Switzerland) ...

Mini-Zine-Library – Publications

Within the Mini-Zine-Library cycles in Switzerland, in addition to countless zines, two ...

Nachlass Andreas Züst (Estate of Andreas Züst)

When Andreas Züst – a photographer, painter, art collector, social butterfly, publisher, film producer, bibliophile, scientist, and patron of the arts – passed away ...

Nacht – Das Buch (Night – The Book)

Eighty slides from a slide carousel, entitled „Nacht“ (Night) and taken from ...

Press (Selected)

The following articles and reports were published in conjunction with the projects and initiatives featured on this site:


Publications and texts

A selection of various publications and texts produced through different projects can be found ...


Published by Edition Patrick Frey in the fall of 2020, „Pursuit of Wonders“ brings together various photographs ...


In winter 2012–13 and spring 2013 two slideshows derived from the Andreas Züst Archive were presented at Zurich's Club ...

Technique & Sentiment

In winter 2012–13 and at the invitation of CAN (Centre d’art Neuchâtel), the Andreas Züst Library was displayed as part of the exhibition ...

Von Andreas bis Züst – Eine Bibliothek auf Wanderschaft (From Andreas To Züst – A Library's Journey)

Anticipating the move of the Bibliothek Andreas Züst, the idea arose to arrange a sort of travelling tour, and for the library to make stops along ...

Would you rather...

In collaboration with Christoph Elias Meier, a reinterpretation of the children's book classic ...

Workshops, lectures, presentations

On a regular basis guided tours, workshops and subject-specific lectures in connection with ...