In a dialogue between
Schwarzenbach’s texts and her photographs, a view of the world opens up which
makes the social and political upheavals and conflicts of the 1930s visible
from a new perspective. On her long journeys
through Europe, Asia, Africa and America she sought not only to encounter the
alien as a way of escaping the haute-bourgeois conservative milieu of her
origins. She also hoped to extract a meaning from her conflict-ridden times.
Her travels represent an attempt to take part in the resistance against the
threatening catastrophe of the Second World War.