Laurence Rasti‘s photographs question the notion of identity and codes of beauty. Born to Iranian parents, Laurence grew up in Switzerland where she studied photography at the ECAL (Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne). The cultural hybridisation of her Iranian roots mixed with her Swiss upbringing has caused her to question the habits and codes defined by these two cultures in an attempt to understand the power of gender in our societies.
Laurence will present her work, ‘There Are No Homosexuals in Iran’ at Photo Kathmandu. The works will be on view at Pimbahal, Patan from 12 October – 16 November 2018. The works will also be on display in Yangon, Myanmar in November.
Photo Kathmandu endeavors to create conversations between the city, its public, its past, and its dreams and aspirations. The festival invites photographers and other practitioners who work with the visual medium to Kathmandu to build and showcase projects as exhibitions, projections and various pop-ups, facilitate workshops and exchanges, join a mixed-media residency and participate in other core and collateral programming.
The festival attempts to challenge the limits of ‘artistic intervention’, by constructing platforms and programs that create in-depth engagement with local audiences and special interest groups on themes and topics of socio-political relevance locally.