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The village of Rossinière in the foothills of the Swiss Alps is reputed for its 17th- and 18th- century architecture and its verdant setting. The photography festival contrasts this vernacular village identity with the questioning, inquisitive and provocative viewpoints of contemporary imagemakers.

Mountains have been instrumental in defining identities, in Switzerland, as elsewhere in the world. Are the mountains still a source of inspiration for today’s creators? How do perceptions of them shift as their populations disappear and references are more and more limited to the urban world? In Summer 2011, 10 exhibitions featuring 40 international artists were held in various spaces of the village of Rossinière.

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