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Patrick Lambertz: Châlets of Switzerland

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The German born photographer, Patrick Lambertz, challenges stereotypes about Switzerland with an ironic twist in his latest photographic works titled “Châlets of Switzerland”. Although Switzerland is comparatively small, there are more world-famous clichés about it than about most countries: chocolate, luxury watches, banks, cheese, Heidi and the mountains, to name just a few. Among those idealized Swiss images is the romantic wooden mountain hut – the Châlet – with open log fires and a rustic interior, embedded in high mountains and surrounded by virgin snow. Patrick Lambertz consciously utilizes this cliché with his photo series “Châlets of Switzerland”. “Châlet” originally means barrack or hut. Fully aware that Switzerland is, of course, much more varied and more contradictory than the stereotypes suggest, he has quite deliberately adopted the topic of the romanticized Châlet: “The word Châlet, in its original meaning, described nothing but a barrack or shack. And barrack is generally associated with an old hut or an old building. With this ambiguity of Châlets in mind, I have spent a couple of years searching for suitable photographic objects in the […]

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