A Drug Free Land & Lessons from the Sidewalk


© Thomas Kern, Exotic Erotic Ball, San Francisco, California, 2005

Thomas Kern creates ‘A Drug Free Land’ between 2002 and 2009. On his way through everyday life in rural America he finds striking situations. His images condense the unspectacular and point beyond themselves to the state of the nation. They tell of the country’s shock after 9/11, which still continues today, and of the breaking American Dream. In the fleeting moment the big issues flash, loneliness and poverty, patriotism and racism, love and violence.

‘Lessons from the Sidewalk’ is also about everyday life stories, whose protagonists are invisible for once. The chairs that Kern meets in the streets of Cairo are witnesses and objects that have become memories. He approaches them with his camera as if they were people to be portrayed.

Thomas Kern, born 1965 in Brugg, trained as a photographer in Zurich. From 1989 as a freelance photojournalist on the road in crisis areas. 1990 co-founder of the Swiss photo agency Lookat Photos. 1998 – 2006 freelance photographer in San Francisco. 2006 and 2014 awarded with a Swiss Press Award. In 2016 the Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur shows his big photo essay about Haiti.


Thursday, October 25th, 2018,
from 6 p.m. 


Exhibition dates

October 26th – December 15th, 2018

Opening hours

Wednesday through Friday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Safe the date!

Friday, December 14th, 2018, at 7pm

House party together with Yvonne Reichmuth (fashion label YVY)