Strong Thing

Lika Nüssli

German, Edition Moderne, Zurich, 2022

Inspired by the „Senntumsmalerei“ (peasant art), Lika Nüssli tells the story of her father’s childhood as a “Verdingbub,” a poor child laborer. In a touching cosmos of images and characters, untroubled childhood memories are merged with the harsh workday life and struggle for survival of the Toggenburg’s farming family and the raging war in the neighboring lands. Small instances of joy give the protagonist his lost childhood and freedom back. – Annette Gehrig, Director and curator, Cartoonmuseum Basel.

Starkes Ding
Edition Moderne, Zurich
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Lika Nüssli

Lika Nüssli was born in Flawil, Switzerland, in 1973. After her apprenticeship as textile designer, Nüssli studied illustration at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lucerne. Since 2003, she works as a freelance artist in St. Gallen. She has received several awards for her work, including the 2016 Comic’s Grant of Swiss German Cities and a comic creation grant from Pro Helvetia.

Photo: © Herbert Weber