Swiss town of Vevey enlivened by ambitious art festival in pictures

The streets and public spaces of Vevey are transformed biannually for its Festival Images

Arnold Odermatt

Sixty-one bodies of work by photographers and artists from 19 countries are on display until 30 September. Each illustrates or explores the theme: Extravaganza Out of the Ordinary.

The festival is enlivened by the inventive staging of its exhibits. Works of both established and emerging photographers are displayed in an astonishing variety of unconventional venues and locations.


  • A tale of II Cities 4, Paris, 1989 by Daido Moriyama.


  • Feu (au lac), by Philippe Durand.


  • Promenade irrationnelle, by Philippe Ramette.

A railway platform, a phone booth, a church, a dilapidated hardware shop, even the waters of Lake Geneva serve to showcase the pictures.


Photography studios, by Antonina Gugala.

Gugalas project exploring Warsaws portrait businesses is installed adjacent to Veveys sole remaining, and soon-to-close, photo studio.


  • Platform, 1977, by Daido Moriyama.


  • Courir apres la pluie, Bishkek, Kirghizistan, 2009, by Magali Koenig.

For Stefano Stoll, the festivals director, such theatricality helps encourage a broad public engagement with the work, which he insists must be readily comprehensible. Furthermore, he hopes that the use of locations around the town will add layers of meaning to the pictures, whether these are playful, serious or ironic. Thus placing a photograph of an airborne whale high above viewers heads, or photographs of the pages of Frank Sinatras phonebook on the inside of a phonebooth, or pictures of detention cells behind the bars of a former prison, adds to the experience.


  • Sunday Sun, on the facade of the Hotel des Trois Couronnes, 1937, by Rodney Graham.



  • Hi There, by Henry Leutwyler (left), the pages from Frank Sinatras phone book, displayed on a phone booth; Copying Claudia, by Pachi Santiago (right).


  • The Last Indian Wars, Brezno, by Naomi Harris



  • I would also like to be – A work on jealousy, by Jenny Rova (left); (right).

Six to see

Arnold Odermatt


  • Stans, 1973, by Arnold Odermatt, exhibited on a facade in the Place de la Gare.

Arnold Odermattdocumented the daily life of his colleagues in the Swiss police force for more than 40 years. His work is positioned not without irony alongside the busy main thoroughfare through Vevey. While waiting at the lights motorists can take a moment to enjoy the work of a one-time chief of transport police.


  • Odermatts traffic police at work.

Jun Ahn


  • Self Portrait, NYC 2011, by Jun Ahn, Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie

Jun Ahns dizzying self-portraits on skyscrapers and window ledges show the artist pushing herself to a literal limit. However she might appear, she says she is not without fear. Ahn says: Some media described me as a fearless artist, but Im really not that. I really have a fear and this is about that fear and how the photography medium subverts the context of the fear. Her work is installed in the Htel des Trois Couronnes, where sheappearspoised on a window ledge, and perched on one of its balconies.

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