The Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography is devoting its 17th edition to the “inflections” of our era, be they economic, political, social, or personal. Instability reigns in our globalized world, and economic and social models that are no longer adequate are undergoing changes.

Contemporary photographers are capturing this process in order to record the critical moment of fragility and suspension in which all the tensions of uncertainty are concentrated. They are using the creative aspect of instability to disturb our habitual codes of interpretation and employ various techniques of photography to play with our perception.

In 27 exhibits, the artists included in the 2013 edition – originating from ten countries ranging from Egypt to the United States, by way of Greece, Albania, and Switzerland – document the era of change and the moment when one state of affairs gives way to another. Most of the works are being shown for the first time in Switzerland.

Besides photographs, there will be professional opportunities as well. The professional program will again offer many opportunities for exchange. The Meeting Days will take place on the first weekend of the Festival with portfolio reviews by respected Swiss and international experts (including Jim Casper, editor of LensCulture). The Festival will also be organizing two round tables on questions related to support, training, promotion and audience outreach for photography.