Book design for the dummy of Swiss, Schweizer, Suisses, Svizzeri by visual researcher Alma Cecilia Suarez.
Switzerland is after Luxembourg the country of Europe with the highest rate of foreigners on its soil: today one third of the Swiss population comes from immigration.
Her project proposes a portrait of six emblematic Swiss families chosen to provide an eloquent testimony to the diversity of the spoken languages, of the various religious orientations and geographical origins of the Swiss population, putting into perspective a Swiss identity defined by its differences. From family archives, reproductions of ancestors’ portraits and those of descendants Cecilia made in 2016, building a kind of visual genealogy specific to each family. This photographic work combines the simplicity of the family-subjects with the complexity of their history, metaphors of Switzerland.
After the oldest dynasties and those which obtained Swiss nationality recently, a final chapter is devoted to the future Swiss citizens, who have started a naturalization procedure, while one while one is a short fiction written by a Fisnik Maxhuni, Swiss French-speaking writer and filmmaker from Kosovo, to represent the Albanian community.
As sedimentary layers, eight stories - one booklet each - overlap, in chronological order. Within them, a simple narration drives the viewer through places, portraits and relics that mix up. The book format valorises each content equally, all its elements merge in a visual historical novel.
Sirio Perla soft cover with fabric on the spineIndigo printing on Munken Polar 150gr 18x26 cm, 168 pages