Regula Tschumi Photography Publications

Photographs in Publications

Photographs in Newspapers, Magazines and Journals

Eyeshot Magazine, IT; Eine Welt, BRD; GEO, BRD; Welt am Sonntag, BRD; Science & Vie, FR; Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, BRD; ARTMAPP, BRD; Drunter & Drüber, BRD; Selvedge Magazine, GB; Art Africa, SA; African Arts, USA; Art Forum, USA; Courrier Japon, J; Panorama, IT; Das Magazin, CH; Africa e Mediterraneo, IT; L’Illustré, CH; Zeitpunkt, CH;


Petra Schellen interviews R. Tschumi for the Newspaper Taz 21.3.20 (German):

"People celebrate colorful life at the funeral"
Lions, tigers, high-heeled shoes, sometimes a pepper: The current moving exhibition “Mourning. From loss and change” in the Kunsthalle Hamburg presents, among other things, figurative coffins used mainly by people belonging to an old religion in southern Ghana, which continues to exist alongside Christianity.

The buried treasures of the Ga. Coffin art in Ghana

Text & photographs R. Tschumi
Edition Till Schaap, Berne 2014 (2008)

For some fifty years, the Ga of Greater Accra in southern Ghana have produced coffins in the shape of animals, fruits and status symbols. This unique practice is explored in depth here for the first time in a publication featuring a scholarly text and informative illustrations.

Heute Journal ZDF

German ZDF News channel interviews Ulrike Neurath, Regula Tschumi & Martin Wenzel in the Museum für Sepulkralkultur in Kassel (German) 12.8.2019:

"Swiss photographer Regula Tschumi is fascinated by the funeral rituals of the Ga people in Ghana, she is especially interested in their creative coffins. For the Ga, death is a transition and no the end, the bereaved show more joy than tears", ZDF.

Concealed Art. The figurative palanquins and coffins of Ghana


Text & photographs R. Tschumi, Edition Till Schaap, Berne 2014

In this book, Regula Tschumi questions the art world’s established interpretation of the figurative coffins. She also examines for the first time those figurative palanquins, little-known in western art, and shows that they were the forerunners of the figurative coffins.

Ataa Oko et les Esprits / Ataa Oko and the Spirits

artbrut movies/ataa-oko

A Film by Philippe Lespinasse, Regula Tschumi & Andress Alvarez: Lausanne/Le Tourne, 2009.

Ataa Oko (1919) of Ghana suddenly took up drawing at the age of eighty-three. At first, it was from memory that he drew the personalized figurative coffins that he had once built as a carpenter craftsman, CAB.


Website contributions

Swiss photographer Regula Tschumi's tryst with fantasy coffins where Art meets Death
By Debrani Das 19.8.2020

There is something unusual about coffins that look far too livelier than the very purpose it is made for.
Swiss art historian turned photographer - Regula Tschumi initially started capturing images in Ghana's standalone tradition of charioting dead bodies for her Ph.D. fieldworkd, but later those images went on to get featured in art exhibitions.

Beyond the Smoke Screen Instreetcollective 29.7.20

Photo Series "Changing mood in a fishing village in Ghana" by Regula Tschumi.
[Shown at Day 4 of Aniruddha Guha Sarkar @aniruddha_gs takeover of the Instagram handle of Instreet Collective during a week showcasing examples of works which often lie beyond the smoke screen of social media, as the photographer writes.]

World Photographic Forum
Special Feature: Regula Tschumi 16.7.2020

...Regula developed her passion for photography during her research in Ghana where she used to document her field work..

Ohad Aviv interviews Regula Tschumi for L E M

facebook 9.6.2020

[...] Regula is based in Berne, Switzerland but spends a few months every year in Africa where she works on different and very interesting projects.
Her photos are exhibited and awarded in exhibitions, competitions and photography events world wide.


Interview with Regula Tschumi about:
Who - What - Where - When - Why

Im Huhn begraben / Buried in a Chicken

A video (German) of Fabian Biasio in collaboration with Regula Tschumi, 2018.

In Ghana, the shape of coffins make people: With their fantastic shapes, they are a final greeting from the grave. A car for the chauffeur, a cow for the farmer or a camera for the photographer pay tribute to the deceased. Europeans know the coffin art from Ghana as a bizarre burial culture with a penchant for extravagance. But the coffins hold a secret.

Día de Muertos – Einladung an die Toten / Invitation to the Dead

Photos by Regula Tschumi, Video by Fabian Biasio (German) 27.10.2016

The coffin researcher Dr. Regula Tschumi also deals with the rites and customs around death on the American continent.

Construis-moi un cercueil (Create me a Coffin)


Marie Destraz (Protestinfo) in conversation with Regula Tschumi (French) November 2018:

The Ga, an ethnic group from southern Ghana, bury their dead in coffins shaped like hens or trucks. Regula Tschumi, ethnologist, art historian and photographer gave a lecture on figurative art that has become a tradition among Christians too, at Cité Seniors in Geneva, on the Day of the Dead.

A Coffin in the Shape of a Hummer Car

Video by I. Bozsa in collaboration with R. Tschumi for the Museum der Kulturen Basle, 2016.

As reaction to the impact of missionaries and colonial administrations on the local funeral practices, the Ga of Southern Ghana developed a new coffin culture. Coffins are crafted in a wide range of different forms: Popular figures are related to the job of the deceased or their desires during lifetime, MKB.

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My Personal Best: Swiss Photographer Regula Tschumi, 2020

My name is Regula Tschumi and I live in Switzerland. I am a social anthropologist working as a freelance cultural mediator and photographer in the field of arts and museums. My history with photography began during my PhD research in Ghana.

Photographic Mercadillo


A selection of photographs from Regula Tschumi's journeys to Ghana, Naples, Sicily and Nepal, 2020


Italian Street Photo Festival ISPF 2020


First Prize (single photo)

Miami Street Photography Festival MSPF 2019


Third Place (single photo)

Miami Street Photography Festival a showcase for street photography from around the world.
Switzerland-based photographer Regula Tschumi won third place for this image of girls dancing in the streets of Ghana


Siena International Photo Awards 2020

Street Photography Finalist

Poland Fuji Moment Street Photo Awards 2020


Women Street Photographers Kuala Lumpur 2020



Women Street Photographers New York & Brussels 2019


New York: Finalist
Brussels: Finalist

Group Exhibitions


85 Women Street Photographers; Art Space PS109 New York City

Women Street Photographers at the Indian Photo Festival in Hyderabad, India. An online exhibition, 12.11.-13.12.2020

Double Trouble at the Head On Photo Festival. Printed exhibition, Bondi Beach, Sidney 9.11.- 30.11.2020

Siena International Photo Awards 24.10. – 29.11.2020

56 Women Street Photographers at the Accademia Scaglia during the Trieste Photo Days in Italy.
17.10.- 8.11.2020

Street Sans Frontières
An international photo exhibition in Paris
The show is postponed for 2021

46 Women Street Photographers 
An online exhibition curated by Gulnara Samoilova and Women Street Photographers shown during the Kuala Lumpur Photography Festival in Malaysia
19.8.- 19.9.2020

Double Trouble (part of the Head On Photo Festival), an online exhibition, Sydney


Women Street Photographers: Art Space PS109 New York City, 12.12.-2.1.2020

Miami Street Photography Festival: History Miami Museum, Miami 5.-8.12.2019

Women Street Photographers, Muntpunt, Brussels, 4.10.-12.10.2019

With the line bus to the other side. Fantastic coffins from Ghana – Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel

ImageNation Arles, Gallery des Arènes Arles, 15. until 20.7.19

Street sans Frontières, an international photo exhibition in Paris, May 2019


Shapes of the Ancestors: Bodies, Animals, Art, and Ghanaian Fantasy Coffins – Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington USA.

Celebration! – Permanent exhibition of the MAS, Museum Aan de Stroom, Antwerpen 

Street sans Frontières
An international photo exhibition in Paris, May 2018

Unvergessen machen (make unforgotten)
Museum of the Peoples, Schwaz in Austria – mdv


Until 2020 L’impermanence des choses – Permanent exhibition of the Ethnographic Museum Neuchâtel – MEN

Accra– Portraits of a City – ANO Gallery of Nana Oforiatta Ayim in Accra, Ghana

Until 2018 Jambo Africa – Tropical House, Wolhusen, Switzerland


Until 2018 C’est la vie — Museum of Natural History, Berne


Diesseits – Jenseits – Abseits. Funeral traditions worldwide — Museum of the University, Tübingen MUT


Les Hors-Champs de L‘Affiche — Ethnographic Museum Neuchâtel — MEN exhibition archives

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Hors-Champs — Ethnographic Museum Neuchâtel — MEN exhibition archives


Griff Rhys Jones’ Ghanaian fantasy coffin — Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

People and Possession Gallery — National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh

Until 2015: Living and Dying Gallery — British Museum, London


Der letzte Schnaufer — Luftmuseum Amberg, Amberg


Six Feet Under — Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden

Six pieds sous terre — Photoforum Meyrin, Geneva 


Six Feet Under — Art Museum, Berne