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Hope at EPFL ArtLab, Lausanne



The exhibition Hope, featuring the work of 12 shortlisted Prix Pictet artists, was on view from 4 September – 4 October 2020 at the newly reopened EPFL ArtLab in Lausanne, Switzerland.

With a focus on the intersection of art, science, and technology, ArtLab deviated from its usual programming to welcome Hope, the second Prix Pictet exhibition held in the magnificent Pavilion B.

The exhibition showcased the work of 12 photographers shortlisted for the eighth cycle of the prize:

Shahidul Alam, 1955 Bangladesh
Joana Choumali, 1974 Ivory Coast (Laureate)
Margaret Courtney-Clarke, 1949, Namibia
Rena Effendi, 1977, Azerbaijan
Lucas Foglia, 1983, USA
Janelle Lynch, 1969, USA
Ross McDonnell, 1979, Ireland
Gideon Mendel, 1959, South Africa
Ivor Prickett, 1983, Ireland
Robin Rhode, 1976, South Africa
Awoiska van der Molen, 1972, Netherlands
Alexia Webster, 1979, South Africa

This exhibition is now closed. Click here to tour the exhibition online.

The Hope exhibition continues its global tour with upcoming exhibitions in Verona and New York.


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 cycle’s theme of Hope. Her winning series presents photographs taken three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Grand Bassam on Sunday 13th March, 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.’

An independent jury, chaired by Sir David King, selected Joana Choumali for the CHF 100,000 (£78,000) prize from a shortlist of twelve. An exhibition of work from the shortlisted portfolios has now embarked on a global tour.