Knowledge of the universe is growing, but human existence is increasingly being called into question. This paradox is the leitmotiv of 'A handful of dust', a photographic research project by Florian Schwarz. Over a period of four years, he travelled to observatories in the most remote places in the world. He insightfully links the distant view into the expanse of space with close-up views of the people who live in the surroundings of these institutes. He covers a spectrum from the dusty, bleak ends of this world to the centre of the universe, where our center is also situated - since we, as the most recent research has shown, consist of up to 97% stardust.