Prix Pictet — Hope


Event details

Date and time 04.09.2020 04.10.2020  
Place and room
Category Exhibitions
ArtLab reopens to the public by hosting the prestigious Prix Pictet photography exhibition. Entitled Hope, the exhibition features the work of the 12 finalists. Their creations explore the environmental and social crises facing humanity while infusing the subject matter with positive impetus, bringing welcome inspiration in a time of uncertainty.

[Sign up for the lunch tours: a guided tour of the exhibition during the lunch break and a complimentary snack, an offer reserved for the EPFL-UNIL community].

For its reopening in September, ArtLab is moving away from its usual programming focused on the interface between art, science and technology to host Hope. This photo exhibition presents the work of the 12 finalists of the 2019 Prix Pictet award, selected from over 600 nominees. 

The images reveal moments of triumph in the face of adversity, and the product of efforts made to preserve the environment. Together, they demonstrate how optimism can encourage change.

The winning series Ca va aller [It will be okay], by Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali, asserts itself in a subtle and discrete manner. The images, captured on a smartphone three weeks after the terrorist attacks of March 13, 2016 in Grand-Bassam, are enhanced with abstract embroidery. The long process of ornamentation acts as means of catharsis, an act of resilience.

The exhibition directly echoes the words of Kofi Annan, former President of the Prix Pictet, who in his final speech at the award ceremony in November 2017 stated,  "Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all."

The exhibition will be held in ArtLab’s Pavilion B, from September 4 to October 4, 2020, Admission is free.
Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm

Shahidul Alam, Fatema shows off her new dress. She wants to become a model, 2014. From the series: Still She Smiles, 2014 © Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World)

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • ArtLab


  • Joel Curty