Nora Rupp

Chemin des Ramiers 22

1009 Pully

+41 (0) 76 520 91 38


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.

Professional experiences

2010 –

  • MCBA, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne


  • Migros Magazine, Zurich
    Photographic report


  • Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et Croissant-Rouge (IFRC), Genève
    IFRC 90th Anniversary Co-curator
  • Arsenic, Lausanne
    Poster campaign for the 2010 season
  • Alexandre Doublet , Lausanne
    Photographer for the Theater Company “Alexandre Doublet”


  • Manufacture, Haute École de Théâtre de Suisse Romande, Lausanne
    Reportage of the performances


  • Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge, Genève
    Photograph for the museum collection
  • Musée Olympique, Lausanne
    Photograph for the museum collection

Collective exhibitions


  • NEAR — Helvétie, projection pour les 25 ans du Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland


  • Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune photographie européenne, Paris, France


  • Hétérotopies, Espace culturel Assens, Assens, Switzerland

Personnal exhibition


  • Sentier Battu, La Focale, Nyon, Switzerland


All images © Nora Rupp
Design: Aurèle Sack
Code: Romain Cazier
Typeface: LL Grey/Lineto
© 2020 Nora Rupp. All rights reserved.

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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.

Hétérotopie, Assens, 2013