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Dr. phil. Regula Tschumi
Nesslerenweg 114
CH-3084 Wabern
mail

Die Reproduktionsrechte der auf dieser Webseite publizierten Fotos und Archiv-Bilder sind, wenn nicht anders vermerkt, bei Regula Tschumi.

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Regula Tschumi

Social Anthropologist PhD

»My various activities revolve around the intersection of art and art education. The limits of science and art and theory and practice largely vanish in my work. I collaborate with artists and artisans to develop sculptures and paintings for museums and private customers, as well as personal art projects for myself. Through such collaboration, I have been able to create innovative art works, some of which have been shown in museum exhibitions and even kept in museum collections.«

 

»Drawing and sculpture have also been important for me in the context of my ethnographic research in Africa, especially in Ghana where I still spend several months every year. Particularly the drawings of the carpenter and artist Ataa Oko have shown me a lot about the religious beliefs and the culture of the Ga people in Southern Ghana. In my role as an art and culture mediator, it is important that the art works I provide to exhibitions and art collectors are linked with Ghanaian or more general with African traditions, thereby giving western art viewers a glimpse of the rich African cultures.«

Regula Tschumi is a freelance scholar, art mediator and photographer based in Berne, Switzerland. She worked until 2002 for the Swiss national airline Swissair. From 1996 to 2003, while still working at the airline, she studied social anthropology, art history and religious studies in Berne.

2013 she received a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Basel with her research about the figurative palanquins and coffins in Ghana. In connection with her studies, she spent six months in Zanzibar (East Africa) and more than five years doing field work in Ghana (West Africa).
Regula Tschumi has published a number of articles and photographs in exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals, as well as two books about the figurative coffins and palanquins of the Ga in Ghana.

She participated in several art exhibitions and art projects as a co-curator, consultant and as a photographer, including ones at the Art Museum in Berne, at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, at the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne and at the Musée d’ethnographie in Neuchâtel.

Media

Documentary photographs in exhibitions

2018
Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins – Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington USA – Mathers Museum

Celebration! – Permanent exhibition of the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerpen – MAS 

Street sans Frontières
An international photo expo in Paris, May 2018.
– streetsansfrontieres

Until 2019 Unvergessen machen (make unforgotten)
Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz in Austria – mdv

2017
Until 2019 L’impermanence des choses – New permanent exhibition of the Musée d’ethnographie, Neuchâtel – MEN

AccraPortraits of a City –  ANO Gallery Accra, Ghana

Until 2018 Jambo Africa –  Tropical House, Wolhusen, Switzerland

2016
Until 2018 C’est la vie — Museum of Natural History, Berne

2014
Diesseits – Jenseits – Abseits. Funeral traditions worldwide — Museum of the University, Tübingen MUT

2013
Les Hors-Champs de L‘Affiche Musée d‘ethnographie, Neuchâtel — MEN exhibition archives

2012/2013
Hors-Champs Musée d‘ethnographie, Neuchâtel — MEN exhibition archives

2011
Griff Rhys Jones’ Ghanaian fantasy coffin — Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

People and Possession Gallery National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Until 2015 Living and Dying Gallery British Museum, London

2008
Der letzte Schnaufer Luftmuseum Amberg, Amberg

2007
Six Feet Under — Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Dresden

Six pieds sous terre — Fotoforum Meyrin, Geneva 

2006
Six Feet Under — Art Museum, Berne

 

Presentations

7.11.18 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne
2.11.18 Cité Seniors in collaboration with the Musée d’ethnographie MEG, Geneva
25.10.18 IG Halle Kunst (Zeug) Haus, Rapperswil
22.10.18 Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz.
28.4.18 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne
21.4.18 Musée d’ethnographie MEN, Neuchâtel
19.4.18 Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz

Image publications in Magazines and Journals

Welt am Sonntag, BRD; Science & Vie, FR; Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, BRD; ARTMAPP, BRD; Drunter & Drüber, BRD; Selvedge Magazine, GB; Art Africa, SA; African Arts, USA; Art Forum, USA; Courrier Japon, J; Panorama, IT; Das Magazin, CH; Africa e Mediterraneo, IT; L’Illustré, CH; Zeitpunkt, CH;

Video- und Multimedia Productions

2017
In the head of Pulp — A film by Grégoire Mayor with photographs and videos from Ghana by R. Tschumi for the exhibition »L’impermanence des choses», french—  MEN.

2016
Im Huhn begraben (Buried in a rooster) — Multimedia production by R. Tschumi (photographs) and Fabian Biasio (videos and editing), German Letzte Reise

Dia de Muertos — Invitation for the Dead  
Multimedia production by R. Tschumi (photographs) and Fabian Biasio (videos and editing), german — Letzte Reise

2010
Philippe Lespinasse, Regula Tschumi and Andress Alvarez: Ataa Oko and the spirits — Lausanne/Le Tourne, Parti de l’Art Brut/LoKomotive Films, 20 minutes, french and english.  

2009
Ghana. Sépulture sur mesure Film by Philippe Lespinasse, Grand Angle Production.

2006
Die vergrabenen Schätze der Ga  Filmische Impressionen – by R. Tschumi. 35 minutes, video for the exhibition »Six Feet Under».

Der Altmeister Ataa Oko Addo Filmische Impressionen  by R. Tschumi about the making of  Ataa Oko’s coffin in the shape of a white hen. Video, 14 minutes. 

 

Publications

  • 2017

    Ataa Oko: A glimpse inside the amazing world of Ghanaian funerals and how the carpenter Ataa Oko became an artist 

    Text & images R. Tschumi in the online Magazin Interwoven: the fabric of things —
    ataa-oko

  • 2016

    Die Pracht des Abschiednehmens. Einsichten in die Bestattungsriten der Ga

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in: «Drunter & Drüber. Das Magazin für Endlichkeitskultur», Part III, p. 8-11.

  • 2014

    Verborgene Kunst. 
Geschichte, Transformation und Sinn der figürlichen Sänften und Särge in Ghana

    Text & images R. Tschumi

    ISBN 978-3-03828-098-9

    Edition Till Schaap, Berne

  • 2014

    Concealed Art. The figurative palanquins and coffins of Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi
    English translation M. Hartley and C. Kelly
    ISBN: 978-3-03828-017-0
    Till Schaap Edition, Berne

    Regula Tschumi’s book is based on her PhD and on several years of field research in southern Ghana. For the first time in this publication the figural palanquins of the Ga are in focus. They are examined in the context of the sociey from which they have developed and in which they are still being used. This book includes some previously unpublished very surprising photographs of figurative palanquins.

  • 2013

    Die figürlichen Sänften und Särge im Süden Ghanas. Geschichte, Transformation und Sinn einer künstlerischen Ausdrucksform von den Anfängen bis in die Gegenwart

    PdD Dissertation 2013
    University Basle
    219 p. & pictures notes

    Summary from 2012

     

     

  • 2014

    The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin art in Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi
    English translation M. Hartley
    ISBN 978-3-03828-016-3
    Edition Till Schaap, Berne

    For about fifty years the Ga coffins have been produced in the form of fruits, animals and status symbols and have thus established a tradition, which is presented here for the first time in a well-founded text and in numerous expressive illustrations. R. Tschumi traces the history of these figurative coffins in the art and religion of the Ga in Ghana.

    This is a completely revised and updated edition of the Benteli book 2008.

  • 2013

    The Figurative Palanquins of the Ga. History and Significance

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in
    «African Arts», 46, no. 4, November 2013, p. 60-73.

    english

    The figurative coffins of the Ga were for a long time celebrated as a revolutionary invention of an autonomous artist – the coffin-maker Kane Kwei from Teshi. However, R. Tschumi’s recent research results show that both science and the art world have been exposed to a great error due to lack of information. This text illuminates the origins of the figurative coffins from the figurative palanquins and summarizes the most important research results of the author.

  • 2013

    Hors-champs. Genèse de l’affiche de l’exposition_en

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalgue  of the MEN: «Hors-champs. Eclats du patrimoine culturel immatériel», p. 216-227.

    french

    This text reflects the background, which led the curators of the Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel MEN to commission Regula Tschumi to develop the poster for the exhibition “Hors-champs” in collaboration with Ghanaian sign painters.

    This catalogue is out of print.

     

  • 2011

    Les trésors enterrés des Ga. L’art des cercueils au Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi
    French translation O. Demange & S. Zoubir-Shaw
    ISBN 978-3-03828-017-0
    Till Schaap Edition, Berne

    The German text was again thoroughly reworked for this French translation and updated with new photographs.

     

     

  • 2012

    The Deathbed of a Living Man. A coffin for the Centre Pompidou

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalogue of the Museum for Modern Art, Zollamt Frankfurt: «Saâdane Afif: Another Anthology of Black Humor», p. 57-72; p. 88-93.

    german & english

  • 2010

    Lit de mort pour un vivant. Un cercueil pour le Centre Pompidou

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalogue of the Centre Pompidou, Paris:  «Saâdane Afif: Anthologie de l’humour noir», p. 37-51; p. 56-61.

    french & english

  • 2010

    Ataa Oko et le langage formel des Ga

    Text & images R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalogue of the Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne: «Ataa Oko», p. 15-32.

    french

  • 2010

    Ataa Oko et les Esprits

    Video by Philippe Lespinasse, Regula Tschumi & Andress Alvarez
    16 min., french & english
    Lausanne/Le Tourne, Collection de l’Art Brut/Lokomotiv Films, 2010

  • 2006

    Last respect, first honoured. Ghanaian burial rituals and figural coffins

    Text & and images R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalogue of the Art Museum Berne: «Six Feet Under. Autopsie unseres Umgangs mit Toten / Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead», p.114-125.

    german & english

     

     

  • 2008

    The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin art in Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi
    English translation M. Hartley
    ISBN 978-3-7165-1520-4
    Benteli, Berne

    The German text of «The buried treasures of the Ga» (2006) was revised for this English translation and updated with new photos.

    The edition 2008 is out of print.

  • 2006

    Die vergrabenen Schätze der Ga. Sarg-Kunst aus Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi
    ISBN: 978-3-7165-1413-9
    Benteli, Berne

     

     

    This book is out of print.

  • 2004

    A Report on Paa Joe and the Proverbial Coffins of Teshie and Nungua, Ghana

    Text & photographs R. Tschumi in:
    «Africa e Mediterraneo», no. 47-48, p. 44-47.

    english & italian

    A Report on Paa Joe

  • 2003

    With a keener eye. Kay Hassan in Johannesburg

    Text R. Tschumi in the exhibition catalogue of the Kunsthalle Berne: «Kay Hassan», p. 40-43.
    english & german