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

Prizes and Awards

Prizes
The Print Swap competion 2021
Patti Fogarty award
1st Prize 2021 WSP
IPA award 2021 Cat. Movement: Honorable Mention
Italian Street Photo Festival
Rome ISPF:
1st Prize 2020
Miami Street Photography Festival MSPF:
3rd Prize 2019

Finalist
Italian Street Photo Festival Rome 2021
World Water Day Contest 2021
Women Street Photographers New York 2020
Fujifilm Moment Street Awards Poland 2020
Siena International Photography Awards SIPA 2020
Women Street Photographers Trieste Photo Days 2020
Women Street Photographers Kuala Lumpur 2020
London Street Photography Festival LSPF 2020
Italian Street Photo Festival Rome 2020
Women Street Photographers New York 2019
Miami Street Photography Festival Miami 2019
Women Street Photographers 
Brussels 2019

Photographs in group exhibitions

2021
6th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography
Fotonostrum Gallery Barcelona, Spain
9.12. – 8.1.2021

Print Swap Street exhibition in Brooklyn,
30 winners of Print Swap 2021, New York
29.11. – 6.12.2021

National Museum of Anthropology Villahermosa Tabasco, Mexico
Group exhibition of Women Street Photographers
4.11. – 4.12.2021

Venice Photo Lab
An exhibition curated by Fabio Cavessago
Venice, 8. – 17.10.2021
VenicePhotolab

Treviso Photographic Festival TPF
Theme: Life
7.9. – 23-9.2021

50 Women Street Photographers
An online exhibition curated by Gulnara Samoilova
29.8. – 31.10.2021

GHANA! A group exhibition curated by Regula Tschumi in the Casita in Berne
20.8. – 26.8.2021

50 Women Street Photographers
An online WIS exhibition curated by Gulnara Samoilova
2.5. – 1.7.2021

Double Trouble (part of the Head On Photo Festival 2020)
Brisbane, Australia 9.3. – 28.3.2021

Fujifilm Moment Street Photo Awards
in the Centre of Culture Promotion Gaudemater, Czestochowa, Poland, 1.2. – 26.2.2021

2020
85 Women Street Photographers
Annual WSP exhibition,
Art Space PS109, New York 10.12.2020 – 2.1.2021

40 Women Street Photographers at the Indian Photo Festival, curated by Gulnara Samoilova and Women Street Photographers, Hyderabad
12.11.- 13.12.2020

Double Trouble (part of the Head On Photo Festival), Bondi Beach, Sidney 9.11. – 30.11.2020

Siena International Photo Awards
Siena 24.10. – 29.11.2020

56 Women Street Photographers in the Accademia Scgalia, Trieste Photo Days
17.10. – 8.11.2020

40 Women Street Photographers at the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival
An online exhibition by Gulnara Samoilova and Women Street Photographers, 19.8. – 19.9.2020

Double Trouble (part of the Head On Photo Festival)
Sydney 1.5. – 17.5.2020

2019
Women Street Photographers: Artspace PS109, New York City, 12.12.2019 – 2.1.2020

Miami Street Photography Festival
History Miami Museum, Miami 5.12. – 8.12.2019

Women Street Photographers
Muntpunt, Brussels, 4.10. – 12.10.2019

With the line bus to the other side. Fantastic coffins from Ghana – Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel 10.8. – 27.10.2019

ImageNation Arles, Gallery des Arènes Arles
15.7. – 20.7.2019

Street sans Frontières, an international photo exhibition in Paris, May 2019

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

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

Street sans Frontières
An international photo exhibition in Paris, May 2018

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

2017
Until 2021 L’impermanence des choses – Permanent exhibition of the Musée d’ethnographie, Neuchâtel – MEN

Accra Portraits of a City –  ANO Gallery of Nana Oforiatta Ayim in 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

 

Lectures and Presentations

2022
23.1.2022 Collection de l’Art Brut Lausanne

2021
18.11.2021 UNAB (Université des Aînés de langue française Berne) University for Seniors in Berne
24.8.2021 Provisorium 46 Bern
31.1.2021 Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (cancelled because of Covid 19)

2020
2.11.2020 Museum of History Berne (cancelled because of Covid 19)
24.10.2020 Art Museum, Berne (cancelled because of Covid 19)
7.10.2020 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne
28.5.2020 Kunsthalle Hamburg (cancelled because of Covid 19)

2019
28.11.2019 Museum Five Continents (Fünf Kontinente), Munich
7.11.2019 UNAB (Université des Aînés de langue française Berne) University for Seniors in Berne
8.3.2019 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne

2018
7.11.2018 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne
2.11.2018 Cité Seniors in collaboration with the Musée d’ethnographie MEG, Geneva
25.10.2018 IG Halle Kunst (Zeug) Haus, Rapperswil
22.10.2018 Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz.
28.4.2018 Domicil Egelmoos, Berne
21.4.2018 Musée d’ethnographie MEN, Neuchâtel
19.4.2018 Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz

A selection of photo publications in Museum catalogs, artist monographs and photo books

2021 Women Street Photographers; Gulnara Samoilova (ed.), Prestel: Munich/London/New York.
2018 Bastomania: M.S. Bastian & Isabelle L.; artist monograph, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich.
2018 L’impermanence des choses, Museum collection cat., Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel.
2017 Arts of Global Africa; Museum collection cat., Newark Museum, Newark, New Jersey.
2013 Hors-Champs; exhibition cat., Musée d’ethnographie Neuchâtel.
2012 Another Anthology of Black Humor; exhibition cat., MMK Frankfurter Zollamt, Frankfurt.
2010 Anthologie de l’humour noir; exhibition cat., Centre Pompidou, Paris.
2010 Ataa Oko; exhibition cat., Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne.
2006 Six Feet Under; exhibition cat., Art Museum Bern.

Photo publications in Newspapers, Magazines and Journals (selection)

Apartamento, SP;  Internazionale, IT; Royal Society Photographic Journal, GB; Eyeshot Magazine, IT; Eine Welt, BRD; GEO, BRD; 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
Ataa Oko and the Spirits: A film by Philippe Lespinasse, Regula Tschumi and Andress Alvarez — 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

2021

New release: ATAA OKO ADDO (English)

Regula Tschumi (ed.): Ataa Oko Addo 

With texts by Sarah Lombardi, Regula Tschumi, Lucienne Peiry and Atta Kwami.

ISBN 978-3-907262-05-4

Edition Clandestin

The artist Ataa Oko Addo (1919 – 2012) of La in Ghana is seen as a pioneer of the world-famous Ghanaian coffin art. In 2002, after he first met the Swiss ethnologist and photographer Regula Tschumi, the former coffin artist, now aged over 80, began to draw. Until his death, Ataa Oko produced a unique body of graphic work, that provides insight into Ghanaian culture and the spiritual world of the artist.

2021

New release: ATAA OKO ADDO (French)

Regula Tschumi (ed.): Ataa Oko Addo 

With texts by Sarah Lombardi, Regula Tschumi, Lucienne Peiry and Atta Kwami.

ISBN 978-3-907262-06-1

Edition Clandestin

L’artiste Ataa Oko Addo (1919 – 2012), originaire de La au Ghana, a été un pionnier de l’art du cercueil ghanéen, aujourd’hui mondialement connu. En 2002, aprèssa rencontre avec l’ethnologue suisse Regula Tschumi, l’ancien artiste du cercueil a commencé à dessiner à l’âge de plus de 80 ans. Jusqu’à sa mort, une œuvre graphique unique a été crée, donnant au spectateur occidental un aperçu de la culture ghanéenne et du monde spirituel de l’artiste.

 

2020

ATAA OKO ADDO (German)

Regula Tschumi (Ed.): Ataa Oko Addo
With texts by Sarah Lombardi, Regula Tschumi, Lucienne Peiry and Atta Kwami.
ISBN 978-3-907262-04-7
Edition Clandestin

Der Künstler Ataa Oko Addo aus La in Ghana war ein Pionier der heute weltberühmten ghanaischen Sargkunst. 2002, nach seiner Begegnung mit der Schweizer Ethnologin Regula Tschumi, begann der ehemalige Sargkünstler im Alter von über 80 Jahren zu zeichnen. So entstand bis zu seinem Tod ein einzigartiges grafisches Werk, das dem westlichen Betrachter einen Einblick in die Kultur Ghanas und in die spirituelle Welt des Künstlers vermittelt.

 

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

PhD Dissertation 2013
University Basle
219 p. & pictures notes

 

 

 

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

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