Litar – a place for literature and its promotion. Zurich’s Galerie Litar hosts regular exhibitions and events on literary topics. We also produce publications and projects in the fields of literature, translation and the media.

Litar aims to spark ideas, discover new things and start conversations about rarely raised subjects. To do so, we work with programmes that run for several years and encompass a range of formats. We run our projects ourselves or in collaboration with other institutions.

The Litar Foundation is a non-profit organization; it does not accept funding applications.



Thank you for your interest in Litar. Our newsletter is published in German and informs readers about our current projects and upcoming events. It is sent out four to six times a year and can be cancelled at any time.

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Litar works on thematic projects that run over several years. Our objective is to explore literary content off the beaten track. In a fast-moving world, Litar takes the time for an in-depth examination of a subject, allowing it to develop on a regional, national and international basis and take effect far beyond the scope of the original programme. 

Exhibition Trilogy 2022–2024
Litar | Strauhof Zurich

Artistic Encounters
Strauhof Zurich, 16/06–03/09/2023

Eight scenes from contemporary African literatures: curator Zukiswa Wanner stages encounters between current novels and performance, music or visual art. Across national and linguistic borders, the exhibition sheds light on a generation of writers who are well connected and internationally active.

Zukiswa Wanner responds to the first part of the exhibition series “litafrika” (2022–2024) with eight prose texts. As a continuation of “Poetries of a Continent” (2022), she puts the emphasis on novels instead of poems, focal points instead of abundance – and above all on the diverse stories of younger authors instead of the postcolonial classics: what topics do contemporary literary figures deal with today? How do artists stage the selected passages?

“The exhibition comprises some of the most gifted contemporary authors, musicians, actors and visual artists of my generation from English, French and Portuguese-speaking Africa. The countries represented in this exhibition make only 25% of my Africa’s nations but as a pan-Africanist, I choose to disregard the borders and prefer to focus on how our stories, sounds, expressions and art that you will see here resonate across the world’s second largest continent.” Zukiswa Wanner

For “Artistic Encounters”, partnerships have been created that transfer literature into videos and artworks and at the same time deepen the dialogue between language regions through text translations. The exhibition is designed to be shown on the African continent as well.

“Some, you will have heard of. Others, I hope you will be thrilled to learn of in this exhibition.”

Ishmael Beah (Sierra Leone): Radiance of Tomorrow (2014)                  
x          Shaffik Manzi (Rwanda): visual artist    

Virgília Ferrão (b. 1986, Mozambique): Os Nossos Feitiços (2022)
x          Jussara Camble (São Tomé and Príncipe): actress

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria): Season of Crimson Blossoms (2015)
x          Maïmouna Jallow (Gambia): actress

Angela Makholwa (South Africa): Critical But Stable (2021)        
x          Michael Soi (Kenya): visual artist

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda): The First Woman (2020)
x          Ntombephi Ntobela (South Africa): visual artist

Yara Nakahanda Monteiro (Angola): Essa Dama Bate Bue (2018)
x          Zubz the Last Letter (Zambia): musician

Fiston Mwanza Mujila (DR Congo): Tram 83 (2014)
x          Prudence Katomeni (Zimbabwe): musician

Ondjaki (Angola): Os Transparentes (2012)       
x          Seeretse (Botswana): musician


Zukiswa Wanner (b. 1976, Zambia) is a writer and literary mediator; she lives in South Africa and Kenya. Wanner has published short stories, novels, and children’s books and was on the “Africa39” list in 2014; in 2020, she received the Goethe Medal for her services to international cultural exchange.

litafrika 2022–2024

Strauhof and the Litar Foundation are dedicating the exhibition trilogy “litafrika” (2022–2024) to literatures from the African continent. The first exhibition “Poetries of a Continent”, based on the anthology “Afrika im Gedicht” (Zurich 2015) by the Swiss literary mediator Al Imfeld, stages a selection of exemplary poems in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic from postcolonial classics to the current slam and spoken word scene. The exhibition was curated by Christa Baumberger and Rémi Jaccard. Zukiswa Wanner wrote the concept for “Artistic Encounters” after visiting “Poetries of a Continent”. The third part (2024) of the project is still in development.

Pro Helvetia “To-gather” 2022–2024

Pro Helvetia supports “litafrika” over its entire duration in the “To-gather” programme. This funding vehicle enables new intercontinental collaborations and the establishment of long-term networks. The aim is to make the exchange between cultures more equal and sustainable as well as to test new forms of collaboration.

litafrika, part 1

litafrika – Poetries of a Continent
Strauhof Zurich, 3 June – 4 September 2022

The starting point for the first exhibition was the monumental anthology “Afrika im Gedicht” (Zurich 2015), edited by the Swiss journalist and theologian Al Imfeld. Exemplary poems were staged, ranging from postcolonial classics to the current slam and spoken word scenes. The exhibition was curated by Christa Baumberger and Rémi Jaccard. More…


Reader “litafrika – Poesien eines Kontinents | Poetries of a Continent”
Edited by Christa Baumberger and Rémi Jaccard, 2022.
Designed by Rahel Arnold
With texts and images from and about the exhibition.
Reader in English and German. Poems in original languages and German translation.
Info and order: info@strauhof.ch

litafrika. Poesien eines Kontinents

Anthology “Afrika im Gedicht”
Edited by Al Imfeld, Münsterverlag, 2015.
Poems in original languages and German translation.
Info and order:  Münster Verlag


litafrika, part 3 
Strauhof Zurich, June – September 2024

The third exhibition will be developed jointly in the course of the project.


Al Imfeld Article Collection

The collection of articles by the Swiss theologian and Africa journalist Al Imfeld contains newspaper articles on the literatures of the entire African continent from 1960 to 2014. The collection can be viewed at Litar by prior appointment. Al Imfeld article collection: Inventory
Contact: info@litar.ch

Erased from Swiss history: in the diary (from 1827) of Louis Wyrsch, a Swiss military commander serving in the Dutch colonial army in Borneo, the entries about his local ‘housekeeper’ Ibu Silla were excised. | Digital copy: Bernhard C. Schär, rights: Staatsarchiv Nidwalden

Literature and (In-)Justice

Which voices do we hear and who is denied a voice? Litar provides a platform for writers who were heard too rarely, for a wide range of reasons. Some were institutionalized or even declared incapable of speaking for themselves. Others withdrew and eventually fell silent. What remains is written traces, stories and novels, documents of their lives and sometimes also visual works. The “Stimmlos” (“Unvoiced”) programme acts as an amplifier, following these quiet voices, providing a space for the unheard and presenting stories that have not yet been written.

An installation at Galerie Litar allows visitors to experience the theme of “Unvoiced” with all their senses. Changing exhibitions are shown in a walk-in cell. Voices sound out, combined with images, photography and film. The cell’s confining walls invite visitors to cross mental boundaries.

Exhibitions to date:

Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
Galerie Litar, 8 October to 3 December 2022
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Adelheid Duvanels Himmel
Galerie Litar, 30 October to 11 December 2021
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Friedrich Glausers Zelle
Galerie Litar, 28 May to 10 July 2021
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Damian Le Bas, Crisis Time / Refugee Could Be You Could Be Me, 2016 | Photo: Kai Dikhas, Diego Castellano Cano

Yenish, Sinti and Roma Literatures

Under the title “Weltenweit” (“Worlds Wide”), Litar has focused since 2019 on Yenish, Sinti and Roma literatures and cultures. Switzerland has recognized the Yenish and Sinti as national minorities since 2016. The Roma are still fighting for official recognition in the country, however. The cultures of these minorities are rich and diverse – and yet barely known. Litar organized the “Weltenweit” Festival at Kosmos Zurich (5 and 6 April 2019) to change that. For the first time in Switzerland, Yenish, Sinti and Roma culture formed the focus of a festival. Since then, Litar has held readings, workshops, teaching events and panels in various places in Switzerland and Austria, on our own or in cooperation with institutions such as RomArchive, Initiative Minderheiten Tirol and Radgenossenschaft.

Current publication

Morphing the Roma Label
Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (Mo Diener, RR Marki and Milena Petrovic)
Published by Mo Diener and RR Marki, Zurich 2022.
Texts in German, English and Romanes.
Info and order: OnCurating.org

Publication and translations into Romanes were made possible with the support of Litar.

Morphing the Roma Label


Unless otherwise specified, events are listed in the language or the languages in which they will be held.

Sa 15. April – Sa 10. Juni 2023
Frisch und Fein. Exil Zürich 1933
Galerie Litar Zürich

Der 90. Jahrestag der Bücherverbrennungen von Mai 1933 ist Anlass für eine Ausstellung zu Zürich als Ort des literarischen Exils. Im Mittelpunkt stehen acht Übersetzerinnen: Trude Fein, Fega Frisch, Edith Gradmann-Gernsheim, Anna Katharina Rehmann-Salten, Eva Maria Röder-Kann, Eva Salomonski, Nettie Sutro, Ursula von Wiese.


Information on past events is available here.

Galerie Litar

Galerie Litar stages exhibitions and holds events and workshops.

Martin Dreyfus collection, photo: Ayse Yavas.

Upcoming exhibition

Frisch und Fein. Exil Zürich 1933
15 April to 10 June 2023

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Previous exhibitions

Aus der Stille ... Peter Liechti
8 October to 3 December 2022

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Adelheid Duvanels Himmel
30 October to 11 December 2021

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Friedrich Glausers Zelle
28 May to 10 July 2021

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The Litar Foundation is based at Letzistrasse 23, 8006 Zurich, Switzerland. We host regular exhibitions and events.

 How to get to Litar: 
- Tram 10 from Zurich central station to Letzistrasse (10 mins)
- Tram 10 from Zurich airport to Letzistrasse (20 mins)
- Tram 9 from Bellevueplatz to Letzistrasse (10 mins)


Litar © Zeljko Gataric


Letzistrasse 23, CH-8006 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 291 99 00


Thank you for your interest in Litar. Our newsletter is published in German and informs readers about our current projects and upcoming events. It is sent out four to six times a year and can be cancelled at any time.


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Christa Baumberger

Dr Christa Baumberger is responsible for the programme. A literary scholar, cultural journalist and curator, she has wide experience of managing cultural projects. She has been a jury member of the FOC (Federal Office of Culture) Swiss Literary Awards since 2022. From 2017 to 2022, she was a curator at the Aargauer Kuratorium (head curator literature; also theatre & dance). Trustee at the Christoph Geiser Foundation; mandates as a moderator and curator.

Melissa Caflisch
Coordination and communication

Melissa Caflisch is responsible for Litar’s coordination and communication. After gaining a degree in Japanese studies, she worked in publicity for several cultural institutions, for instance the CULTURESCAPES festival and most recently Festspiele Zurich. Alongside Litar, she also works for the Ethnographic Museum at the University of Zurich.

Nicole Schmid

Nicole Schmid is the assistant to the “litafrika” project and for Litar’s general operations. Alongside Litar, she works in the intercultural association voCHabular. During her degree in literary studies, she gained a range of insights into literary and cultural mediation at Strauhof Zurich and the Goethe-Institut Chicago.

Photos team: Ayse Yavas