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SWITZERLAND: Festival Images Vevey - Photo Festival

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"Set beside Lake Geneva, overlooked by a pristine Alpine panorama, Festival Images Vevey makes the most of its spectacular location. Turning the town into an open-air museum with oversized images artfully clad to the sides of buildings, artworks disrupt the chocolate-box scenery and its biggest man-made landmark, the world headquarters of Nestlé. Featuring established artists alongside young talent, the festival’s unique approach to public art is its key virtue, transforming the streets into a vast stage, custom-designing shows “in order to strike the perfect balance between the works and the place in which they are exhibited, whether on museum walls, in a former prison, on monumental façades or in a disused phone booth”.

This year’s theme is aptly titled Extravaganza. Out of the Ordinary, a “delicious word which has the potential to unlock fantasies, absurdities, surprises and humour”, explains festival director Stefano Stoll, who has put together 60 artists to show across walls, parks, gardens and even within the lake itself from 08 to 30 September. In the main square, Olivier Blanckart’s self portrait series, Moi en, which playfully combines the artist’s own image with that of famous historical and contemporary figures, is shown opposite his life-size diorama, XXth Century Lonely Art Camp (in extremis), a reworking of Peter Blake’s iconic album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this time featuring luminaries from the art world."

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