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.
Laurence Rasti (photographer)was born to Iranian parents in Switzerland where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Photography at the ECAL and a Master's degree in Fine Arts at the HEAD. In 2017, she published the book ‘There Are No Homosexuals in Iran’ with the Edition Patrick Frey and got nominated as one of the 10 best photobooks by the New York Times Magazine. Her work has been presented in several group and solo exhibitions around the world. Since 2020, she has been teaching photography for the Bachelor of Fine Arts at EDHEA - Ecole de design et haute école d'art du Valais. www.laurencerasti.ch
Ann Griffin (graphic designer)(*1981, Lugano, CH) works as a graphic designer specialised in editorial design based in Zürich. She collaborates with publishers, photographers and artists on different projects. Her main focus is book design with a particular interest in photography books. She has also led numerous workshops in different art schools, and teaches at eikon, Fribourg. www.anngriffin.ch
Julie Dayer (art historian)is a Swiss art historian specialized in photography. She studied art history and film studies in Lausanne, Berlin and Paris. She is currently in charge of digital communication at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne. She has previously worked in the fields of publishing and production and used to collaborate as an editor for the contemporary art publication Steadfast Magazine.
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.
Zoé Nguyen (cultural producer)studied industrial and product design at the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne. Since the end of her studies she involved herself in cultural production within various Swiss institutions such as the visual arts biennale Images Vevey, various Swiss festivals and the ECAL. Since 2018, she has been part of the Lausanne based collective Căng Tin which develops interdisciplinary research projects around Vietnamese gastronomy and applied arts.
Gloria Wismeris in charge for the communication at Swiss art book publisher Edition Patrick Frey. She is also one of the founding members and organizers of VOLUMES - Art Publishing Days in Zürich. As a collective, they organise book fair events in various locations, run an annual book awar, host the talk series VOLUMES Book Club and are currently working with their archive.
Nassim Daghighian (founder of near.), and all past committee members.
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