Swiss
Photomonth

Full programme to come soon

Swiss
Photomonth

The Swiss Photomonth is a new initiative by the association ‘Spectrum – Photography in Switzerland’. The first edition will take place from 30 August to 6 October 2024.

The Swiss Photomonth acts as a loudspeaker for the Swiss photography scene in its entirety, and aims to introduce an audience as wide as possible to the many venues, large and small, renowned and more confidential, active in the field of photography across the country. Switzerland is fortunate to have an incredibly rich and dynamic photography scene made of festivals, museums and art centres, galleries, art and applied arts schools, libraries and archives, public and private collections, bookshops, studios and many more. During almost six weeks, the Swiss Photomonth relies on the Swiss photography scene’s creative and collaborative spirit to encourage synergies, collaborations and coordination between organisations from the same area. It aims to inspire the public to discover new venues, meet artists, and take part in original events.

 

The Swiss Photomonth is supported by Pro Helvetia.
Its visual identity is developed by the Swiss design studio Unstated.
Media partner Le Temps.

Agenda

Verzasca Foto Festival

Ticino

Verzasca Foto Festival: Crossed Roads

30 Aug 2022–06 Oct 2024

Opening: 30/08/2024

Casa Azul Gordola

Verzasca Valley

This year, Verzasca Foto Festival explores encounters with others and with oneself through activities and exhibitions on projects from artist residencies, the winner of Nera di Verzasca, and an exhibition realised in collaboration with Swiss museums and organisations.

Artphilein

Ticino

Marcello Ruvidotti: Concrete Memories

27 Mar 2024–27 Sept 2024

ARTPHILEIN Box

Architectures sometimes difficult to distinguish, it is not clear what is what.
A school looks like a prison, a residential building looks like a factory, a shopping center resembles a hospital.

Ticino

Caroline Minjolle: Monozygotes

10 Jul 2024–27 Sept 2024

ARTPHILEIN Bookstore

MONOZYGOTES is a photographic essay consisting of almost 60 years of images of Caroline Minjolle twin sister and her. This collection of pictures is the diary of their shared memory, of those all too rare moments that bring them together.

Ticino

Gian Marco Sanna: Paradise

07 Sept 2024 – 04 Oct 2024

ARTPHILEIN Focus

“Earth is Heaven and Hell is not noticing it” J. L. Borges
How scary is silence? An incessant whistle in the ears that blocks thoughts and unveils memories of the origins, when the air was still and silence prevailed. Then the noise, the metamorphosis of man on Earth, from creation to ape, from ape to man, from man to Destroyer.

Stadtmuseum Aarau

Aargau

«geliebt, gelobt, gehypt» ­– Eine Ausstellung über Held:innen, Vorbilder und Idole

27 Apr 2024–27 Apr 2025

Stadtmuseum Aarau

Whether on the poster wall in the children’s room, on newspaper front pages, in Hollywood films, on the pedestals of monuments or on social media: We find the beloved, the praised and the hyped everywhere. But what actually characterizes heroes?

Aargau

Schauarchiv des Ringier Bildarchiv

08 Sept 2024–08 Sept 2024

Stadtmuseum Aarau

Taj Mahal, Eiffel Tower or the pyramids of Teotihuacán: On the occasion of the European Heritage Day, we open the display archive of the Ringier Bildarchiv (RBA), browse through thousands of original prints and negatives and explore the global journeys of architectural images with the help of press photography.

Aargau

«geliebt, gelobt, gehypt» – Held:innen im Bild

22 Sept 2024 – 22 Sept 2024

Stadtmuseum Aarau

The tour shows the visual world of the exhibition “geliebt, gelobt, gehypt”, explains the importance of press photography for visual representation of heroic figures and stops by the display archive of Ringier Image Archive (RBA), from which the image material originates.

Fo­to­stif­tung Schweiz

Zurich

Paare / Couples

01 Jun 2024–06 Oct 2024

Fotostiftung Schweiz

Couples are omnipresent in photography – in historical photo albums just as much as on Instagram. More fascinating than idealised self-portraits though, are shots in which couples do not pose, but seem to be genuinely themselves. The exhibition shows an interplay of closeness and distance, togetherness and loneliness.

Zurich

Bild und Raum. Voïtas Kunst der Verführung

01 Sept 2024–01 Sept 2024

Fotostiftung Schweiz

Lars Willumeit in conversation with Nadia Schneider Willen (in German).

Zurich

Tanzperformance «ECHO» von Naomi Kamihigashi and Thomas Walschot

21 Sept 2024 – 21 Sept 2024

Fotostiftung Schweiz

Part of the Winterthur Culture Night.

The Theater am Gleis is the guest of the Fotozentrum. Performance in the exhibition “Bernard Voïta: Melencolia”.

Fotostiftung Schweiz

Zurich

Bernard Voïta: Melencolia

01 Jun 2024–01 Oct 2024

Fotostiftung Schweiz

Bernard Voïta (*1960 in Cully, VD) is one of the outstanding photographic artists of our time. His series Melencolia is being presented comprehensively for the first time at Fotostiftung Schweiz: large-format tableaus based on real installations in his studio – a meticulously organised disorder that challenges our ideas of reality.

Zurich

Daniela Droz

20 Sept 2024–06 Oct 2024

Opening: 19/09/2024 at 18:00:00

Universitätsklinik Balgrist

Fondazione Rolla / Kindergarten

Ticino

Scenescape

08 Jun 2024–24 Nov 2024

Fondazione Rolla

«Scenescape» is the twenty-third exhibition organized by the Rolla Foundation. All works on display belong to the Rolla Collection.

Photo Elysée

Vaud

Olga Cafiero: (IN)ANIMALIS

22 Jun 2024–29 Sept 2024

Photo Elysée

Vaud

Sabine Weiss × Nathalie Boutté: Hommage

22 Jun 2024–12 Jan 2025

Photo Elysée

To mark the centenary of Sabine Weiss’s birth (1924-2021), Photo Elysée is presenting an exhibition that pays tribute to the photographer and has invited the visual artist Nathalie Boutté (France, 1967) to engage in dialogue with her work.

Vaud

Tamara Janes: Set and setting

22 Jun 2024 – 29 Sept 2024

Photo Elysée

Set and setting presents the first institutional solo show of Swiss artist Tamara Janes. Janes is fascinated by how we see, question, and change the post-modern conditions of the image.

Vaud

Daido Moriyama: A Retrospective

06 Sept 2024 – 12 Jan 2025

Photo Elysée

Photo Elysée is presenting a major exhibition devoted to one of Japan’s greatest photographers. This retrospective, produced by the Instituto Moreira Salles (Sao Paulo, Brazil), will be making a stopover in Switzerland after showing in Berlin and London.

Haus der Fotografie

Solothurn

Photoville4600

23 Aug 2024–29 Sept 2024

Haus der Fotografie Olten

For the third time, the IPFO is presenting an exclusive insight into the work of the best Swiss photographers. At this year’s edition, around 50 works will be shown at the House of Photography over the course of a month. For the first time, a newcomer prize will be awarded in each category.

Museum im Bellpark

Luzern

L‘OBJECTIF FLÂNEUR: Fotografinnen und Fotografen aus dem Pressearchiv “Heim und Leben”

24 Aug 2024–08 Dec 2024

Opening: 23/08/2024 at 18:30:00

Museum im Bellpark

Discover the press archive of the former consumer magazine “Heim und Leben”, which documented social change in the 1930s to 1960s like no other medium. The selection of photographic positions from all language regions of Switzerland also offers some new discoveries.

Centre de la photographie Genève

Geneva

Quand les images prennent soin

27 Aug 2024–15 Sept 2024

Opening: 26/08/2024 at 18:00:00

Le Commun

Bringing together the work of over twenty Swiss and international artists, “When Images Take Care” explores the ways in which a practice of image-making can become a practice of care: caring for oneself, for others, for one’s community, for one’s history, for one’s narratives.

Geneva

Luis Carlos Tovar: Palonegro

04 Sept 2024–08 Dec 2024

Opening: 03/09/2024 at 18:00:00

Centre de la photographie Genève

Palonegro, the most recent project by Colombian artist Luis Carlos Tovar, investigates the history of violence in his country, and with it the possible processes of healing the individual and collective traumas resulting from political violence.

Geneva

Breakfast at Centre de la photographie Genève

09 Sept 2024 – 09 Sept 2024

Centre de la photographie Genève

Breakfast at Centre de la photographie Genève: come and discover the exhibitions “When Images Take Care” and “Luis Carlos Tovar: Palonegro” in a relaxed atmosphere with coffee and croissants & the curators of the exhibition.

Geneva

Représentation des violences domestiques

11 Sept 2024 – 11 Sept 2024

Le Commun

On the occasion of the exhibition “When Images Take Care”, this round table (in French) brings together artists, photographers, activists and iconographers to discuss the representation of domestic violence.

Geneva

From the individual experience to the collective narrative

15 Sept 2024 – 15 Sept 2024

Le Commun

Round table (in English) organised on the occasion of the exhibition “When Images Take Care” with some of the participating artists and the curators.

With Soumya Sankar Bose, Aline Bovard Rudaz, Sabine Hess, Pablo Lerma and Greg Tiani. Moderation Danaé Panchaud

Geneva

Spots

01 Oct 2024 – 30 Oct 2024

Plaine de Plainpalais

The result of a unique collaboration between the Centre de la photographie Genève and the associations “Cerebral Genève” and “A l’Ouest et par-delà”, this project spotlights inclusive venues in Geneva, chosen and introduced to us by people with disabilities.

Geneva

Art and olfaction

04 Oct 2024 – 04 Oct 2024

Centre de la photographie Genève

A round-table discussion (in French) on the relationship between art and olfaction, with three artists whose work harnesses smell as well as the visual: Silvia Bigi, Roberto Greco and Virginie Otth.

Galerie 94

Aargau

Sandro Livio Straube: diffus

30 Aug 2024–12 Oct 2024

Opening: 29/08/2024 at 18:30:00

Galerie 94

As part of the long-term series “Berge bleichen”, Sandro Livio Straube presents the continuation of his work with the new series, “diffus”. This exhibition invites viewers to immerse themselves in a world of blurred images characterised by light – ephemeral moments of the uncontrollable that are shaped by chance.

Aargau

Artist Talk mit Sandro Livio Straube

21 Sept 2024–21 Sept 2024

Galerie 94

The artist talk with Sandro Livio Straube is conducted by Melody Gygax, Swiss Agent MAGNUM PHOTOS. The event will be held in German.

FOCALE galerie – librairie

Elsa Beaumont: Maison de Dieu

30 Aug 2024–10 Nov 2024

La Maison de Dieu is a shelter, a refuge, a space of freedom for people in need of a roof. This place allows everyone to be welcomed, to take the time to recover. Bearing witness to these unique forms of life is, for Elsa Beaumont, a poetic and political act, attempts to respond to a society generally in crisis.

Galerie & Edition Stephan Witschi

Zurich

Besuch im Schaulager/Atelier von Rownak Bose

31 Aug 2024–31 Aug 2024

Schaulager/Atelier von Rownak Bose

Visit of artist Rownak Bose’s camera obscura Schaulager, with exhibition and aperitif. Rownak Bose is one of the most established camera obscura specialists. He has been working with this technique since the age of 15 and has continuously developed and perfected it. Various self-made cameras will be on display and visitors will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken using this technique.

Zurich

Besuch im Schaulager/Atelier von Rownak Bose

28 Sept 2024–28 Sept 2024

Schaulager/Atelier von Rownak Bose

Visit of artist Rownak Bose’s camera obscura Schaulager, with exhibition and aperitif. Rownak Bose is one of the most established camera obscura specialists. He has been working with this technique since the age of 15 and has continuously developed and perfected it. Various self-made cameras will be on display and visitors will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken using this technique.

Bildhalle

Zurich

Führung mit Marco Bischof

31 Aug 2024–31 Aug 2024

Bildhalle Showroom

Guided tour of the exhibition “Werner Bischof: Colours & Black & White” with Marco Bischof, son of Werner Bischof and director of the Werner Bischof Estate (in German).

Zurich

Werner Bischof: Colors & Black & White

31 Aug 2024–02 Nov 2024

Bildhalle Showroom

Zurich

René Burri: Vintages and Early Prints

31 Aug 2024 – 02 Nov 2024

Bildhalle

Wilde

Basel

Yann Gross: Greetings

31 Aug 2024–26 Oct 2024

Opening: 31/08/2024 at 18:00:00

Wilde Basel

Wilde is thrilled to present the latest series by Swiss photographer Yann Gross in Basel. In the exhibition “Greetings”, Yann Gross explores the mutations of the contemporary world through the figure of the palm tree.

Bildarchiv der ETH-Bibliothek

Zurich

Expect the Unexpected: Bildarchiv der ETH-Bibliothek

04 Sept 2024–04 Sept 2024

ETH-Bibliothek

Discover a hidden world of visual treasures! Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the ETH Library’s image archive and be surprised by the unexpected variety of images. Our guided tour will show you the rich collection of photographs and other visual documents that document more than just the history of ETH Zurich and its research. The tour will be conducted in German.

Coalmine – Raum für Fotografie

Zurich

F + F @ Coalmine

06 Sept 2024–20 Oct 2024

Coalmine – Raum für Fotografie

The polyphonic exhibition in collaboration with F + F, School of Art and Design Zurich presents the result of the Summer School, which is held in July 2024 under the title “Beloved, Used, and Contaminated Soil. An Approach” and is dedicated to the topic of ecology.

Summer School participants: Chloé Babatinca, Yannick Billinger, Aglaia Brändli, Claudia Breitschmid, Aisha Däster, Ursula Engel, David Escobar, Fabienne Gantenbein, Anna Gornacki, Peter Hauser, Lea Hüppe, Melda Karaali, Julia Kopp, Sara Pastor, Michael Schmid, David Scholl, Seraina Semmelroggen, Thomas Stöckli, BamBu Schwarz, Elena Morena Weber.

Fotomuseum Winterthur

Zurich

Plat(t)form 2024

06 Sept 2024–08 Sept 2024

Fotostiftung Schweiz

At the annual portfolio viewing event, 42 selected international photographers and artists offer an insight into their work.

Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique

Vaud

Henry Leutwyler: Philippe Halsman, a Photographer’s Life

07 Sept 2024–19 Jan 2025

Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique

The exhibition presents Henry Leutwyler’s work based on the archives of photographer Philippe Halsman. Featuring his countless personal belongings, he has created a biography of the famous photographer through his objects.

Biennale Images Vevey

Vaud

Biennale Images Vevey 2024

07 Sept 2024–29 Sept 2024

Vevey

The Swiss Visual Arts Biennial is back with its unique concept from 7 to 29 September 2024! More than 50 site-specific outdoor and indoor photographic installations in Vevey’s streets and parks, on the facades of its building, in its museums and galleries, and even on Lake Geneva. To be discovered free of charge throughout Vevey.

MASI Lugano

Ticino

Luigi Ghirri: Viaggi

08 Sept 2024–26 Jan 2025

Opening: 07/09/2024 at 18:00:00

MASI Lugano

Just over thirty years after his premature death, MASI Lugano is dedicating a major new exhibition to the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri (Scandiano, 1943- Reggio Emilia, 1992).

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg (BCU)

Fribourg

l’Enquête photographique fribourgeoise 2024: Rencontre avec Laurence Kubski

12 Sept 2024–12 Sept 2024

Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg (BCU)

A conversation with Laurence Kubski, laureate of the fourteenth Enquête photographique fribourgeoise. The photographer will be giving a sneak preview of her work for the Enquête, and in particular the resulting photobook Sauvages (to be published by Textuel), from the fieldwork to the layout, along with other projects by the artist.

blackprint – Photography and Image-based Art Gallery

Zurich

The Wrath of Dispossession: Documentation of a life under siege 2012-2022

12 Sept 2024–12 Oct 2024

Opening: 12/09/2024 at 18:00:00

blackprint – Photography and Image-based Art Gallery

blackprint presents the first photographic exhibition in Switzerland by French artist Olli Bery, «The Wrath of Dispossession». A unique photographic project over ten years (2012 – 2022) composed of research works, limited editions, and original unique prints.

Photoforum Pasquart

Bern

How like a leaf I am

15 Sept 2024–14 Nov 2024

Opening: 14/09/2024 at 17:00:00

Photoforum Pasquart

“How like a leaf I am“ by Alexandra Baumgartner illuminates the complex relationships between humans and plants. Through photographs and audio installations, the exhibition encourages reflection on our responsibility to protect and preserve biodiversity.

Nicola Erni Collection

Zug

Geführte Führung durch die Nicola Erni Collection

17 Sept 2024–17 Sept 2024

Nicola Erni Collection

Please join us for a guided tour of the Nicola Erni Collection in Zug, an extensive art collection with a focus on photography and contemporary art. The number of participants is limited to 15 people. The guided tour will be held in German.

Atelier Reding

Bern

Atelier Visite +

20 Sept 2024–20 Sept 2024

Atelier Reding

In the studio, the profession of analog photo retoucher is demonstrated using original tools and examples. The possibilities of photo restoration will be presented using current examples. Nadine Reding is fascinated by the materiality of photography, among other things, and will convey this through her study collection. The tour will be followed by an aperitif riche for a photographic exchange.

Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

Zurich

Einblicke ins Fotodepot des Schweizerischen Nationalmuseums

21 Sept 2024–21 Sept 2024

Landesmuseum Zürich

Take a look inside the photo depot and join us on an exclusive tour of the Swiss National Museum’s diverse photo collection with selected original objects.(in German)

CONSARC / GALLERIA

Ticino

Alberto Flammer: la poetica della luce

22 Sept 2024–10 Nov 2024

CONSARC / GALLERIA

Museum Rietberg

Portrait and Place: Photography in Senegal, 1840–1960

26 Sept 2024–26 Sept 2024

Hochschule Luzern / Design Film Kunst

Luzern

POSITIONS extended: Performative dialogue

26 Sept 2024–26 Sept 2024

Hochschule Luzern / Design Film Kunst

In POSITIONS extended, the BA Camera Arts programme at University of Applied Arts and Sciences – Design Film Art will offer the opportunity to meet exciting international experts and artists from the photography world and gain insights into their work, thinking and creation through the form of a performative dialogue.

CROP UP Festival

Basel

CROP UP Festival

29 Sept 2024–09 Oct 2024

Various venues in Basel

The CROP UP festival is a dynamic forum for contemporary image culture, taking place over ten days in art spaces and on the streets of Basel. It brings together avant-garde artists from Switzerland and abroad to showcase their photograph-like works of art.

Contact

For questions or inquiries, please reach out to Rahel Christen at spectrum@photography-in-switzerland.ch.

FAQ

Inspired by the convergence of many compelling and diverse photography events taking place in autumn across Switzerland, the Swiss Photomonth is not a separate or new festival. It is a joining of forces by the photography actors in Switzerland, aiming to increase the visibility and attendance of all the photographic venues and events across the country, while encouraging other cultural players to propose new photographic events on this occasion.

The Swiss Photomonth is an initiative by the association Spectrum – Photography in Switzerland and is organised by its board members: Danaé Panchaud (president), Ann-Christin Bertrand, Estelle Blaschke, Teresa Gruber, Milo Keller, Nadine Reding, Manuel Sigrist, Alfio Tommasini, and Nadine Wietlisbach.
Coordinator of the Swiss Photomonth is Rahel Christen.
The first edition of the Swiss Photomonth is supported by Pro Helvetia.

The Swiss Photomonth takes place from 30 August to 6 October 2024 in about 40 different locations across Switzerland.

 

Among its participants are:

 

Festivals: Alt+1000, CROP UP, Biennale Images Vevey, Verzasca Foto Festival.

 

Museums: Fondazione Rolla, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Fotostiftung Schweiz, MASI Lugano, Musée des Beaux-Arts du Locle, Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique, Museum im Bellpark, Museum Rietberg, Photo Elysée, Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, Stadtmuseum Aarau.

 

Art centres: Artphilein, Centre Culturel Régional de Delémont, Centre de la photographie Genève, Coalmine – Raum für Fotografie, Focale, IPFO Haus der Fotografie Olten, Photoforum Pasquart.

 

Galleries: Bildhalle, CONSARC/GALLERIA, Galerie 94, Galerie & Edition Stephan Witschi, Gowen Contemporary, Wilde Gallery.

 

Collections: Art Vontobel, Bildarchiv der ETH-Bibliothek, Centre d’iconographie de la Bibliothèque de Genève, Nicola Erni Collection.

 

Art & photography schools: Camera Arts — Hochschule Luzern, ECAL – école cantonale d’art de Lausanne, Pool Photographie — Haute école d’art et de design Genève.

 

Printing & restauration studios: Atelier Reding, blackprint.

 

Fair: photo basel.

 

Newspaper: Le Temps.

Members of Spectrum as well as non-members can participate with events and be part of the official programme. The events can either be part of the regular programme of a venue or be new events proposed specifically on the occasion of the Swiss Photomonth. Any event related to photography, which is open to the public (for free or for an admission fee) and which takes place between 30 August and 6 October 2024, can be part of the Swiss Photomonth. It is not necessary that an exhibition (or festival) takes place for the entire duration of the Swiss Photomonth.

Applications from non-members will be reviewed to ensure their quality and professionalism.

 

If you are interested in participating or need more information, you can write an email to spectrum@photography-in-switzerland.ch.

Any type of event related to photography can be part of the Swiss Photomonth: exhibitions and festivals, performances, lectures and panels, book launches, archive & collection tours, studio visits, workshops, and so on.

Events can be part of the regular programming of art venues, or organised specifically for the Swiss Photomonth. They must be open to the public (for free or for an admission fee) and take place between 30 August and 6 October 2024 (included). It is not necessary that an exhibition (or festival) takes place for the entire duration of the Swiss Photomonth to be part of it.

To ensure a successful first edition of the Swiss Photomonth, a financial contribution towards the communication costs is requested from each participant (member or non-member of Spectrum alike). It will provide good communication value for the contributed amount.

The contributions are determined in relation to the financial resources of the organisations. There are four contribution tiers, ranging from 300 CHF for small institutions or single events to 1800 CHF for the largest institutions.
To receive more information regarding the communication contributions, reach out to spectrum@photography-in-switzerland.ch.

There is no joint ticket or pass for the Swiss Photomonth as participants determine the prices for their own events. Tickets can be bought through the corresponding venues and institutions.

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