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.
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.