Women on the move in time of war - exhibition dedicated to Annemarie Schwarzenbach


Institutional Communication Service

26 April 2022

From an initiative of the Master in Economics and International Policies, USI invites its community and the public to get acquainted with the historical figures of the Swiss journalists and writers Ella Maillart and Annemarie Schwarzenbach and to reflect on the theme of "Women travelling in wartime".


The photographic exhibition “Ginevra-Kabul 1939: due donne svizzere sulla via della pace”

From 12 April to 18 May 2022, the corridors of the Red Building of West Campus Lugano will host the photographic exhibition dedicated to Ella Maillart and Annemarie Schwarzenbach: forty shots that trace the 1939 car trip of two Swiss journalists and writers who left from Geneva to Kabul, on behalf of important newspapers and magazines. However, their business trip also represents a spiritual escape from a Europe that, after the massacres of World War 1, found itself drawn into the vortex of Nazism and the tragedy of World War 2. 

While today the threat of a new world conflict looms over Europe once again and the Russian attack on Ukraine is forcing many people, especially women, to flee, the theme of the exhibition reminds us that in 1939, in equally dark times, two women undertook, alone, a journey to the East in search of some hope of peace. An incredible overturning of today's common perspective and stereotypes on Europe, Afghanistan, women's rights, peace and war.

When you can visit this exhibition:

- Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 21:00

- Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00

USI Red Building USI West Campus, Lugano