Grob / Ledermann / Pente / Remondino / Rösli
Spring 1991: 50 squatters occupy the factory buildings and apartment houses on the premises of Wohlgroth, a former gas-counter factory next to the railroad tracks of Zurich’s main station. It was the beginning of the most significant episode of squatting in Switzerland, which was to end abruptly two-and-a-half years later, when the buildings were completely demolished. The images of Wohlgroth were taken in the fall of 1993, just before the eviction. Four photographers who lived and worked at Wohlgroth document the interior and exterior spaces of Switzerland’s most significant alternative cultural center. These aren’t spontaneous snapshots. They are dense, atmospheric still lives, highly charged, auratic mementos of a long-gone autonomous oasis.