Laurence Rasti was born in 1990 to Iranian parents in Switzerland. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from ECAL – University of Art and Design Lausanne in 2014 and a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design in 2019. Her projects often delve into issues surrounding identity, visibility, legitimacy, and representation. Leveraging her dual cultural background, she explores Swiss and Iranian cultural codes to examine the influence of gender roles in society, as well as the consequences of migration and the lack of respect for fundamental rights.

She published There Are No Homosexuals in Iran with Edition Patrick Frey in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Paris Photo Aperture First Photobook Award, the Author Book Award at Rencontres d’Arles and was recognized as one of the 10 best photobooks of 2017 by the New York Times Magazine.

Her work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows worldwide, including ReGeneration3 at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Disruptive Perspectives at the Museum of Contemporary in Chicago, Iran Contemporary at the Fotohof Art Gallery in Austria, and at festivals such as PhotoKatmandu, Athens Photo Festival, and Tokyo International Photography Festival. She was the laureate of the Photographic Survey of the City of Geneva in 2019 and the Photographic Survey of Canton Neuchâtel in 2022 which will be accompanied by the publication of a monograph and an exhibition at MBAL – Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle in October 2024.

Since 2020, she has been a lecturer and head of the photography unit in the Bachelor of Visual Arts program at EDHEA – École de design et haute école d’art du Valais.

Laurence Rasti
Based in Geneva, Switzerland

Instagram @laurencerasti

Published by
Edition Patrick Frey

Part of East Wing

Member of near.

Member of Visarte Genève

Co-founder of Association AF*


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