near. was founded in Lausanne in 2009 and its principal aim is to promote contemporary photography. The association organises activities set around four main objectives: to promote and disseminate the work of Swiss and Swiss-based photographers for established talent as well as young artists; to enable a continuous cultural exchange between regions and among professionals in the field of photography (artists, historians, critics, curators, journalists and editors); to actively contribute to critical thinking on the subject of contemporary photography; and finally, to advertise Swiss photography to a wider audience. Among other things near. organises exhibitions, screenings, interviews, conferences and gatherings between professionals.
Ann Griffin (graphic designer)(Lugano, CH) works in Geneva and Zurich as a graphic designer specialised in editorial design. After graduating from HEAD—Genève in Visual Communication in 2007, she worked for Idpure magazine. In 2010 she founded Studio—Rubic, a graphic design practice which works for various clients and publishers. She has also led numerous workshops in different art schools, and teaches at eikon (Ecole professionnelle en arts appliqués, Fribourg). Her main focus is book design, with a particular interest in photography books. www.anngriffin.ch
Victoria Mühlig (art historian)is a Swiss art historian and curator at the Musée d’art de Pully where she is in charge of contemporary art and photography exhibitions.
She graduated with a degree in art history, cinema and journalism from the University of Lausanne. Between 2014 and 2017, she worked at the Valais art museum taking care of the Prix culturel Manor Valais as well as many other exhibitions.
Antigoni Papantoni (photographer)(Athens, GR) lives and works in Lausanne (CH) and Athens (GR). After her studies in Computer Sciences and Photography, she has worked in the cinema industry and collaborated with different cinema festivals in Switzerland, Greece and Croatia while pursuing her personal photographic work. Her images are puzzle pieces of a never-ending bigger project which has not been edited yet. She loves the sea, the sunshine, the sunset as well as walking, swimming, sleeping.
Laurence Rasti (photographer)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. 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.
Samuel Wolf (graphic designer)Photography has surrounded me since I was a child. My father was a cameraman and photographer. As a teenager I spent many weekends in his photo lab to develop my pictures. During my time in Paris (1995–2010) I worked as a graphic designer and art director for Fashion brands and magazines – pictures were omnipresent. I now run my graphic design studio in Zurich where I mainly design books, identities and exhibitions. I also manage the postcard platform «Grussformat» with a focus on contemporary photography. www.wolfstudio.ch / www.grussformat.ch
Julie Dayer *studied art history and film studies in Lausanne, Berlin and Paris. She currently specializes in history of photography. In addition to her studies, she has completed various internships in the fields of publishing, production and museums. She is involved in numerous cultural and artistic projects and collaborates as an editor for the contemporary art publication Steadfast Magazine.
Zoé Nguyen *studied product and industrial design at ECAL/École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Since the end of her studies, she invested her skills in various swiss cultural institutions. She has been working with festivals such as Visions du Réel, international film festival Nyon and Images Vevey, visual arts biennale.
(* tbc by the annual assembly)
Nassim Daghighian (founder of near.), and all past committee members.
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