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.
Pilgrimage: Long journey or search of great moral significance.
Nora Rupp started her artistic research from that concept. Walk to find the answer to what she wanted to photograph.
In 2008 she made her first pilgrimage that led her from her doorstep to Santiago de Compostela, 2000 kilometers away. The constraint of following the markers of a long road resembling a railroad became the “leitmotiv” of her photographic work. In 2010 her second pilgrimage was further away, less known, but yet popular among natives. The 88 temples of Shikoku. About 1400 kilometers around the island of Shikoku in Japan.
From a new context arose new prospects. During the first days of this long walk she became aware of a new reality. In this remote rural area, solitude and isolation born from cultural differences, communication issues, and the mountaineous relief made her work evolve.
Loneliness made her reflect on the larger scale of “Henro”, the Japanese word for both the pilgrim and the road s/he follows. Landscapes and buildings started to pose for her as pilgrims.