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.

Nora.s (2003-2020) close


Nora.s (2003-2020)

There is a sense of a secret being unveiled in the atmospheric voyage behind the imagery that Nora Rupp has created since 2003. Her evolution has followed that of technology. There is first a silver print of young girl, before the photographer turned to digital photography as she was about to become a mother.

We go through a woman’s life. Or rather, through all the potential lives of this woman. The series hints at the towns where she has lived, her relatives’ places, as well as abandoned fields she came across while walking. There is the romantic girl, the pregnant woman, the business woman, the old lady wearied by the weight of life…

In this work, Nora Rupp brings performance and photography together. The photographer poses as her own subject/model. But the metamorphosis is so powerful, the atmospheres so distinct that her work is more than a gallery of self-portraits. She looks for a place, an atmosphere which corresponds to some kind of mystery in her to which she needs to give birth. She defines the setting, observes it before starting the transformation. Thanks to make-up, clothes she has found in the course of her travels, wigs from her personal collection, she immerses herself into what could have been and is not, but still lives within her.