James Baldwin's (1924-1987) essay "Stranger in the Village", which the great American writer wrote in the early 1950s during a stay in the Swiss Alpine village of Leukerbad, is the starting point for this book. It documents an artistic examination of the subject of racism in Switzerland and in the art and culture industry in particular. Works by Swiss and international contemporary artists such as Igshaan Adams, Kader Attia, Omar Ba, James Bantone, Denise Bertschi, Marlene Dumas, Melanie Grauer, Sasha Huber, Pierre Koralnik, Glenn Ligon, Uriel Orlow, Martine Syms and others react to Baldwin's literary and political treatise. Texts by recognised experts accompany the artistic debate and provide a well-founded insight into the consequences of the prevailing structural racism. The volume Stranger in the Village is an invitation to break taboos by holding a mirror up to us. It poses questions that concern us all and allows us to recognise the explosive nature of everyday racism through art.