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Mathilda Olmi

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Mathilda Olmi (*1991) is a photographer based in Lausanne, where she develops personal projects and is active as a portrait photographer for the media and cultural institutions. Her work as an artist is articulated around issues relating to ecology, agriculture and feminism. It often deals with the position of women in Western society and the representation of femininity, intimacy, home and maternity. She harnesses lyricism and poetry to portray political issues and positions, and to counter the violence of the world with a sense of wonder.

She graduated from the Vevey School of Photography (CEPV) in 2015. Her work has been exhibited regularly, primarily in Switzerland, since 2014. It has been part of group shows at Musée d’art de Pullys (Switzerland, 2023), Festival Images (Vevey, 2014 & 2020), Photo Elysée (Lausanne, 2022), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin, 2023), Ferme-Asile (Sion, Switzerland, 2021), Photoforum Pasquart (Biel, Switzerland, 2015), Verzasca Foto Festival (Switzerland, 2021) and Festival international de mode, de photographie et d’accessoires (Hyères, France, 2022), among others. She has had threemsolo shows in Lausanne, in a gallery and two independent art spaces, between 2015 and 2022. Her work is part of the collection of Photo Elysée (Lausanne). She has published two monographs with the French publishing house FP&CF: A bird in the hand in 2017 and most recently Rosa Canina in 2022. She was selected for the Enquête photographique valaisanne [photography survey of the Canton Valais] in 2021 and was awarded a grant for emerging artists by Pro Helvetia in 2020.