From The Archives of the Zürich City Police KKIII, 1976–1989
Philipp Anz, Jules Spinatsch & Viola Zimmermann (Eds.)
In 1976, Commissariat III, the state security department of the Zürich police, started a file called “Schmieren / Kleben,” which literally translates into “Scrawling / Pasting” (i.e., graffiti and posting of bills). The file included photographs of political slogans, illegal happenings, sprayed murals, and graffiti, all labeled as “willful damage to property.” The police both photographed and noted each offense on index cards, creating an archive of roughly two thousand black and white photos dating from 1976 to 1981. When the program ended in 1989, the departments entire contents was trashed. In Schmieren / Kleben, seven hundred of the photos and all of the index cards are presented with a glossary that explains the connections between slogans, symbols, and people. This is a staggering record that traces the political movements of the time—from women’s lib and anti-nuclear movement, to the War on Terrorism. The file also reflects the mounting tensions between the city and its youth, which came to a head in the 1980s. Although published only in German, the book visually communicates the importance and impact of the time.
9 ½ x 13 ½ in. / 550 pp / 700 b&w
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