Nicolas Faure (born 1949) has been working on the theme of Swiss landscape since the 1990s, concentrating in particular on the blend between the Traditional and the Modern. The motorway is the meeting point of technology, architecture and a certain concept of Nature, and through his photographs, Faure elicits aspects that characterise Switzerland.
A landscape always has a cultural component and landscape is one of the major concerns of Swiss culture. The motorways, which criss-cross the country virtually, divide it. They constitute a whole “new territory”, enlivened by apparently natural but essentially man-made surroundings. These “natural surroundings” are but illusions. These places are the epitome of paradox: built amidst concrete artefacts, they are not accessible to visitors and almost invisible to motorists.