Laurence Rasti was born in Switzerland. In her photographs she explores the concepts of identity and beauty. Relying on the dual quality of her cultural background, she looks at Swiss and Iranian cultural codes and conventions from a new angle in order to understand the influence of gender roles in society, but also the consequences of migration or the non-respect of fundamental rights. She obtained a Bachelor in Photography at ECAL–University of Art and Design Lausanne, in 2014, and a Master in Fine Arts at HEAD – Geneva University of Art and Design, in 2019.

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Laurence Rasti was born in 1990 to Iranian parents in Switzerland. She received her Bachelors Degree in Photography at ECAL, University of Art and Design in Lausanne (2014), and a Masters in Fine Arts at HEAD, Geneva University of Art and Design (2019).

In her artistic practice Rasti explores concepts of identity and beauty. Relying on her dual cultural background, she views Swiss and Iranian cultural codes and conventions from a new angle, trying to comprehend the influence of gender roles in society, while also considering the consequences of migration and actions against fundamental human rights.

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

Her work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions around the world including; ReGeneration3 at the Musée de l’Elysée Lausanne, Disruptive Perspectives at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago,  and different festivals including; Photo Katmandu, Athens Photo Festival and Tokyo International Photography Festival.


Cabane B, Bern CH

The Ballery, Berlin DE

Pansurya Gallery, Yangon, Myanmar

sic! Raum für Kunst, Lucerne, CH


Secrets du Vale de Bagnes, PALP Festival, CH
Photo Genève Festival, Genève CH
Journées Photographiques de Bienne, Biel
Secrets du Val de Bangnes, near x. Palp
Fotofestival Lenzburg

Cortona on the Move, IT
L’enquête Photographique Genevoise, Geneva City, CH

BredaPhoto Festival, Breda NL
Bourses de la Ville de Genève, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, CH
Humanitarian Principles, Here & Now, International Museum of the Red Cross & Red Crescent, Geneva, CH

Vis -a Vis, Fotodocks Festival for Contemporary Documentary Photography, Munich DE
Imago Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Amour(s), Arcoop Wall Project Geneva, CH
Stadtprojecktionen, Stadtprojectionen 3, Gallen, CH

Photo Kathmandu, Nepal
Exhibition of the Book Award, Rencontres D’Arles, Espace Monoprix
Humanitarian Principales, Here & Now, La Nuit des images, Musée de L’Elysée, Lausanne, CH
Photobookfest 2018, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow, RU
10 x 10 Photobooks by Women, Reading room at the Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, USA

Disruptive Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, USA
Disruptive Perspectives, Photoforum Pasquart, Bienne, CH 
Iran Contemporary, Fotohof Art Gallery, Austria

Magnum Photography Awards, Brighton Photo Biennale, UK
Daegu Photo Biennale 2016, Daegu, South Korea
Athens Photo Festival, Hellenic Centre for Photography, Greece