Doris Stauffer

Doris Stauffer

A Monograph

A pioneer of experimental art education and feminist activist.



Title Information

Edited by Simone Koller and Mara Züst. Contributions by Doris Stauffer, Michael Hiltbrunner, Andrea Thal, Kay Turner, and Mara Züst

1st edition

, 2015

Hardback (flexicover)

212 pages, 188 color and 129 b/w illustrations

23 x 30 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-760-0


In addition to her contributions to art criticism, Doris Stauffer has produced an impressive body of artistic work that consists of photography, sculpture, and collage. The subject of exhibitions in her native Switzerland, Stauffer is among the founders of the F + F School of Experimental Design, and her explorations of form and color have long been recognized for engaging with feminism and the existing conventions and hierarchies within society.

With more than three hundred illustrations, Doris Stauffer documents for the first time the life and work of this important twentieth-century artist with a focus on her political engagement. Essays place Stauffer’s work in historical and political context, including her involvement with the Swiss women’s liberation movement and an interview in which the artist imagines alternative forms of feminism and art education. Additional essays look at the influence of Stauffer on other female artists, as well as some of the recurring themes in her art, including fairy tales and other forms of narration.


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Authors & Editors

Michael Hiltbrunner

, born 1975, studied folklore and cultural anthropology at the Universities of Zurich and Frankfurt (Main). He lives and works in Zürich as a free-lance curator and researcher. He has sorted an indexed the archive of Serge and Doris Stauffer at the Swiss National Library in Bern.

Simone Koller

, born 1988, studied graphic design at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and also did a Master’s Degree at Werkplaats Typografie, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. She established her own studio in Zürich in 2011, working mainly in books design, since 2015 in collaboration with Corina Neuenschwander as Studio NOI.

Doris Stauffer

, born 1934, is an artist, publicist, and feminist activist, She was a co-founder of Women's Liberation Movement in Switzerland in 1969 and of Zürich's F+F School of Experimental Art and Design in 1971, where she also taught. She lives and works as an artist an art educator in Zürich.

Andrea Thal

, born 1975, is artistic director of the Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) in Cairo. She studied photography at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and also did a Master’s Degree in Fine Art & Theory at London’s Slade School of Fine Art. She has been co-curator of the Swiss national pavilion at the 2011 Venice Art Biennial and teaches at various Swiss arts universities.

Kay Turner

, born 1950, did her PhD in folklore and anthropology at University of Texas in Austin. She is a Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Performance Studies Department at New York University and was Folk Arts Director at Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) 2000–14. She has edited and contributed to numerous books and journals.

Mara Züst

, born 1976, studied theory of design and art at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and did her Master’s Degree in Art History and History at University of Zurich. She lives and works in Zürich as an artist, art educator, and researcher.