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500 Jahre Reformation

Contribution to the Zurich reformation festival, in the form of two wrapping paper designs for bread baked in front of Helmhaus Zürich. For this commission we addressed the drastic consequences that the Reformation had on women’s rights. Whereas late medieval urban society provided alternatives to life as a housewife, the Reformation forced women back into the private sphere, denying them access to education and basic rights.

Both wrappers are printed with lists of presumed roles and behaviours that women should fulfil: one by the three reformers Luther, Zwingli and Bullinger, the other one by a wedding planner. 

Produced in collaboration with historian Miriam Janett. Printed on location using a replica Gutenberg printing press. Commissioned by Ortreport. 

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