Shelterland is both work and play around Swiss fortifications. In a form where idyllic alpine landscapes meet sci-fi concrete monsters out of a spy novel, we find a country where peace is erected as a prime principle. To confuse both unsuspecting mountain hikers and possible invaders, every trick is employed to blend into the surroundings : fake barns, fake villas, fake alpine chalets, fake rocks even…
Around 8000 bunkers have thus been submitted to a precise work of camo. Most of those surround the country at its borders in a concrete belt, a testament to Switzerland as an island of resistance in the middle of the European Union. No contemporary war since World War Two has warranted the use of the concrete sentinels ; they remain, though, useless and aimless.
Born in Niort, France, on 1991. Live and work in Strasbourg.
I studied art and architecture at university and it was in those years that I started photography.
I am interested in the relationship between form and landscape in architecture. I work mainly on the landscapes of Switzerland and Germany.
© text and pictures by Jason Guilbeau