Prix Pictet — Hope

Discover the dedicated work of twelve photographers exploring the environmental and social crises facing humanity.

September 4 to October 4, 2020
Pavilion B, free entrance

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

For its reopening, 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.

Virtual tour of the exhibition

A series of guided tours are organized for the EPFL-UNIL community, during lunch breaks, in French or in English. Lunch-bag offered. Information and registration

Enjoy discovering the exhibition during a free guided tour. By Anne-Gaëlle Lardeau, manager of ArtLab and Giulia Bini, assistant curator.

Saturday, September 12. 11h15-12h
Saturday, September 26. 11h15-12h

Without registration. Wearing a mask is mandatory.

Kofi Annan (1938-2018)

Perhaps in our ability to carry on in adversity lies hope for us all. Hope that, despite the catastrophic damage that we have visited upon the natural world and upon the lives of our most vulnerable citizens, it is not too late to reverse the damage that we have done.

Kofi Annan (1938-2018), Hon. President, Prix Pictet, 2017 (photo: Hecker / MSC)

In a ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali was presented with the eighth Prix Pictet for her series Ça va aller (It will be ok) on this edition’s theme of Hope. Her winning series presents photographs taken three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Grand Bassam on Sunday March 13th, 2016. Choumali said ‘This work is a way to address the way Ivorian people deal with trauma and mental health. Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, the loneliness, and mixed feelings I felt. Adding embroidery on these street photographs was an act of channelling hope and resilience.’

Hope artists

  • Shahidul Alam, born 1955 Bangladesh, based in Dhaka
    Series: Still She Smiles
  • Joana Choumali, born 1974 Côte d’Ivoire, based in Abidjan
    Series: Ça va aller
  • Margaret Courtney-Clarke, born 1949 Namibia, based in Swakopmund
    Series: Cry Sadness into the Coming Rain
  • Rena Effendi, born 1977 Baku, based in Istanbul
    Series: Transylvania: Built on Grass
  • Lucas Foglia, born 1983 USA, based in San Francisco
    Series: Human Nature
  • Janelle Lynch, born 1969 USA, based in New York
    Series: Another Way of Looking at Love
  • Ross McDonnell, born 1979 Ireland, based in New York
    Series: Limbs
  • Gideon Mendel, born 1959 South Africa, based in London
    Series: Damage: A Testament of Faded Memory
  • Ivor Prickett, born 1983 Ireland, based in Europe and the Middle East
    Series: End of the Caliphate
  • Robin Rhode, born 1976 South Africa, based in Berlin
    Series: Principle of Hope
  • Awoiska van der Molen, born 1972 Netherlands, based in Amsterdam
    Series: Am schwarzen Himmelsrund
  • Alexia Webster, born 1979 South Africa, based in New York
    Series: Street Studios – An Archive of the Heart

The Prix Pictet Hope book is available ArtLab welcome desk and on

The jury

The distinguished international jury members for the eighth cycle of the Prix Pictet are: Sir David King, Affiliate Partner, SYSTEMIQ Limited and Senior Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda (Chair of the Jury); Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Richard Mosse, Winner of the seventh Prix Pictet, Space; Philippe Bertherat, Member of the International Council of Sotheby’s; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, Financial Times; Herminia Ibarra, Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School; Jeff Rosenheim, Curator in Charge, Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kazuyo Sejima, Co-Founder, SANAA, and Pritzker Prize-winning architect.

The Prix Pictet

Prior to its exhibit in Lausanne, the Hope exhibition was inaugurated at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and was exhibited in Tokyo, Zurich and Moscow. Hope will soon continue its tour by way of New York.

The Prix Pictet is an international photography award dedicated to sustainable development. It aims to harness the power of photography to draw global attention to the environmental and social issues facing humanity today. The Prix Pictet has attracted more than 4,200 competitors to date. It has been the subject of more than 90 exhibitions in 40 cities around the world and attracted nearly 650,000 visitors.

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