Program 2016

Joachim Schmid

Germany (1955)

Around the World in Eighty Minutes


The Around the World in Eighty Minutes series presents Joachim Schmid’s round-the-world trip, which he did during an organised tour of the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010. Disheartened by the endless queues in front of all the different countries’ pavilions, the artist took up a new challenge: to evoke Jules Verne’s renowned novel by going around the whole site in 80 minutes without entering any of the exhibition’s buildings. Spread out throughout Vevey station, these images show visitors the absurdity of world exhibitions, in an age when means of transport and the Internet allow each and everyone to discover the world easily.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey
The photographs in this series are taken from the book Around the World in Eighty Minutes, published by the artist in 2011

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