Laurence Rasti was born to Iranian parents in Geneva in 1990, grew up in Switzerland and studied photography at ECAL. In her photographs she explores the concepts of identity and beauty. Based on her dual cultural background, she views Swiss and Iranian cultural codes and conventions in a new light with a view to understanding the sway of gender roles in society.


– 2017, Gold medal in Photography at the 8eme Jeux de la Francophonie, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
– 2016, Swiss design award, Bern, Switzerland
– 2015, Swiss Photo award in Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
– 2015, Price of the jury and public at the Boutographies, Montpellier, France
– 2015, Runners up of the Aperture Portfolio Prize, New York, USA


– 2017, Disruptive Perspectives, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
– 2017, There Are No Homosexuals in Iran, sic! Raum für Kunst, Lucerne, Switzerland
– 2017, Iran Contemporary, Fotohof Art Gallery, Salzburg, Austria
– 2015, ReGeneration3: New perspectives for photography, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
– 2015, Circulation(s), Festival for the Young European Photography, CENTQUATRE, Paris, France


– Rasti, Laurence, There Are No Homosexuals in Iran, Zürich, Edition Patrick Frey, 2017 (first edition), 2018 (second edition)