Nora Rupp (CH, 1981) lives and works in Lausanne. She studied photography at the School of Applied Arts in Vevey. Since 2010, she is the museum photographer of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne. At the same time, she develops and exhibits several artistic projects, such as Sentier Battu, Ako and Henro, in different towns (Paris, Lausanne, Nyon, Assens), and she continues her self-portrait work which she started in 2003.
Since 2004, Nora Rupp often goes to Mougnon, a village in Benin; she works and even lives there for a while. From 2010, the photographer decides to carry out a photographic project staging all the families of the village she holds dear. The result is a series of 61 family portraits.
In the style of early photographic portraits, her sitters pose in a group in front of one of their houses. One wonders about each of the villagers’ role in the group, about their relationships and their everyday life. The series also brings attention to the background against which each family stands. By interacting with the depictions of the houses and of their interiors, the project gains rhythm as a whole and recounts how people from Mougnon live.
Following an almost ethnographic approach, the photographer shot the pictures according to the inhabitants’ preferred position in the group and took note of each family member’s name. Her modus operandi, which was the same for each family, sheds light on both the repetitions and the differences in the whole series.