The festival Alt. +1000 gathers during a summer a dozen exhibitions of contemporary photography in the village of Rossinière, in the Pays-d’Enhaut, a region in the foothills of the Alps between Gruyères and the Bernese Oberland. The exhibitions are housed at rustic sites that evoke past ways of life. However, far removed from touristic postcards, Alt. +1000 proposes a promenade through the work of contemporary imagemakers who treat altitude in various angles, poetic, documentary and artistic.
The festival Alt. +1000 is organized every two years since 2008, by the association Bien Public, which promotes the culture and the heritage of the Pays-d’Enhaut and its surroundings. Its headquarters are in Rossinière.
For its third edition, the festival Alt. +1000 invited Swiss and international artists to present works related to the themes of the mountain and altitude. The Swiss photographer Nicolas Crispini will exhibit several pictures from his series Tracés; the British artist Dan Holdsworth will show his work on the mountains and map data; and the American Penelope Umbrico will install her pictures of inverted mountains on the roads of Rossinière.
The festival will also present the winners of the competition launched in 2012. Among the 111 portfolios that the jury examined, fifty-five came from Switzerland, forty-one from Europe, five from Asia, four from North America, two from South America, two from Australia, one from the Middle East and one from Africa. The jury selected five photographers that will exhibit their work during the festival: Wang Lin (China), Pablo Lopez Luz (Mexico), Maanantai Collective (Finland), Cyril Porchet (Switzerland) and Valentina Suter (Switzerland).
This year, the festival invited the College of Fine Art Photography, from the Chung-Ang University in Seoul (South Korea) to reflect on the theme of altitude. Students in photography, under the direction of Professor Kyungwoo Chun, then produced work expressly with this theme in mind.