Festival Images, Switzerland's premier visual arts biennial, will be present throughout the Montreux Jazz Festival with two never-before-seen projects custom-tailored for this 50th edition. These two co-produced projects reflect the long-term friendship between these audacious neighbor institutions, and will be revisited during the Festival Images Vevey from 10 September to 2 October 2016. With support from the Fonds Culturel Riviera.
Main entrance, 2m2c
Un festivalier au chalet en compagnie d'Alicia Keys
"Rewrite a page of history!" : proposed by Festival Images Vevey, the Book Box invites festivalgoers to photobomb images from the book published for the jubilee. In this temporary studio situated in the Festival's main hall (B4), the public can use a green screen to strike a pose in a photograph from the book 50 Summers of Music, then leave with their personalized photo, thereby tangibly taking part in the legend of Montreux.
PICOTIN, AN EXHIBITION BY CYRIL HATT
Main entry hall of the Auditorium Stravinski
In homage of the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, French artist Cyril Hatt has recreated the atmosphere of Claude Nobs' legendary chalets through photographs. With snapshots, tape, and staples, French artist Cyril Hatt has photographically recreated the atmosphere of the chalets of Claude Nobs, filled with objects from his immense, whimsical collection.
Cyril Hatt, born in 1975 in Rodez, is a French artist who lives and works in the South of France. Since 2003 he has been creating photographic sculptures, envisaging his medium as construction materials: he photographs everyday objects from multiple angles before assembling his pictures using staples in order to recreate full-scale volumes.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and in tribute to its founder, Festival Images invited Cyril Hatt to recreate the atmosphere of Claude Nobs’ legendary chalet, “Le Picotin”, which over the years hosted stars from all over the world. In early 2016 the artist spent two days in Caux, perched above Montreux, in order to steep himself in the essence of this mythical site. He then recreated a series of emblematic objects from the immense collection amassed by Claude Nobs: jukeboxes, hats, souvenir snapshots, works of art, gifts from his illustrious guests, and of course numerous vinyl records from his incredible musical library as well as a panoply of musical instruments. Within the main hall of Auditorium Stravinski, the spectator plunges into the convivial, homey ambiance of the chalet through a photographic installation designed to reflect the engaging personality of the inimitable Claude Nobs.
© Cyril Hatt
*These two co-produced projects will be revisited during the Festival Images Vevey from 10 September to 2 October 2016. With support from the Fonds Culturel Riviera.