Born in 1993, Zoé Aubry develops a practice of critical, feminist, and experimental visual research through photography, within installations that unfold in space. Her work aims to reveal the mechanisms of visibility, hypervisibility, and invisibility of dominant media narratives. Positioned between societal and media critique, her research-based projects, which constitute image/text databases, revolve around the problematic modes of visualization and transformation of perceptual formats.
Wounded, the counter-images she employs become activated, armed, sutured, and recomposed in a collective movement, transitioning from the singular to the universal. The photographic medium is explored for its potential to create a collective and rebellious memory, opening up new perspectives on the perception of reality.

Holder of a Bachelor's degree in Photography from ECAL - École cantonale d'art de Lausanne and a Master's degree in Contemporary Artistic Practices from HEAD - Haute école d'art et de design de Genève, her book #Ingrid, co-published by RVBBOOKS and Gato Negro Ediciones in 2022, was shortlisted for the Autor Book Award at the Rencontres d'Arles and won the Most Beautiful Swiss Books award.

Zoé Aubry
born in Switzerland in 1993
currently based in Geneva

CV (pdf)

MA in contemporary artistic practices at the HEAD—Geneva School of Art and Design

BA of Arts in Photography at ECAL / University of Art and Design of Lausanne

Member of near. swiss association for contemporary photography
co-founder of Association AF*, whose aim is to create shared spaces for the development of artistic practices by womxn artists in Geneva x Laurence Rasti

Photography teacher at ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne
Co-founder of FAIR collective, whose goal is to perpetuate and represent — intersectional feminist struggles within the local art scene x Constance Brosse & Loana Gatti
Editorial director, co-founder, artist and author of the magazine KILOMÈTRES, a research space linking curatorial, theoretical and visual approaches
President and co-founder of the non-profit association noeme which has worked for the diffusion and reflection on the contemporary artistic image x Clément Lambelet & Arunà Canevascini

Recent exhibitions


EAC (les halles)
, Porrentruy, CH, currated by Philippe Queloz — Opening 24.02.2024


Bourses de la Ville de Genève BLCG, Centre d’art contemporain, Genève, CH — Opening 05.09.2023

Nominated for the KIEFER HABLITZEL | GÖHNER KUNSTPREIS. SWISS ART AWARDS, Halle 3 Messe, Basel, CH — Opening 12.06.2023
Vernice 17.02.2023
Opening Listening session: 18:00, Concerto 19:00, Performance 20:00


Jungkunst, Halle 53 Winterthur, CH

Coup de Coeur, VFG, House of Photography, Olten, CH, currated by Ferit Kuyas

Unknown Names, Benaki Museum/Pireos 138, Athens Photo Festival, currated by Manois Moresopoulos

#Ingrid, Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur, CH currated by Doris Gassert

#Ingrid, Journées photographiques de Bienne, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, CH currated by Sarah Girard

24x la vérité, Photo—Génies, Plaza, Genève, CH, currated by Sarah Zürcher

Collective (R)evolution, Home of queer & feminist creatørs, Geneva, CH


LES RESISTANTES, L’Onde Centre d’art de Vélizy-Villacoublay, FR currated by Nathalie Herschdorfer

Guernsey Photography Festival, UK currated by Jean-Christophe Godet

Concerned, MICR, Geneva, CH currated by Julie Enckell Julliard and Pascal Hufschmid


Biennale de l’image tangible, Paris, FR

Reproduction. Suture. [extrait] — solo show — space x Vevey Image, CH

Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH


Noms Inconnus — Prix de la Relève MBAL — Triennial of contemporary printed art — solo show — Musée des beaux-arts du Locle, CH

Rencontres de la Photographie de Marrakech, Maroc

Prix Art Humanité — CRG, CICR, HEAD — Genève, Genève, CH

Prix Voies off Contemporary Photography Awards Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, FR

La voix libérée - Poésie sonore Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR

SOLID ARID SPLENDID Binz39 Foundation, Zürich, CH

Pratiques de la distraction LIYH, Geneva

Forever//Now FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, UK

Nothing is something (to an observer) LIYH & ArtGenève, Geneva, CH

Blue, Musée Ariana, Geneva, CH


Swiss Federal Design Awards 2018, Halle 3 Messe, Basel, CH

Swiss Photo Award — vfg.selection, Prize for the best work of Swiss photography 2017, Photobastei, Zürich, CH

(In)égalité, Human Rights Photography Award 2018 — Act on your future, Galerie Art Bärtschi & Cie, Genève, CH

Southern Clairaudience — some sound documents for a future act, Vevey, CH

— BAR projet, l’Electricitat, Barcelona, ES

ACT 2018, Performance Festival, Sierre, CH


Aux arts, citoyens !
Human Rights Photography Award 2017 — Act on your future, Galerie Art Bärtschi & Cie, Genève, CH

Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains, Genève, CH

The Luton Auguries, a collaboration with the Archive of Modern Conflict & Timothy Prus showcased in Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, FR

Comfort Zone (solo show), Le Cube, Fribourg, CH

Sharivari LAC scubardive, Festival Vevey Image, CH

ECAL Diplômes, Hall Kudelski, Lausanne, CH


Regard (s) sur le Corbusier

Fondation Suisse, Paris, FR ;
Ville de Marseille, FR ;
Unité d’habitation de Briey, FR ;
Musée des beaux-arts de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, FR ;
Médiathèque d’Eveux, FR

Ossature — Association noeme (currator), Le Lab, Prilly, CH


Summer University ECAL
, Swissnex Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, BR

The Embarrassment Show, ECAL, Renens, CH ;
Unseen, Amsterdam, NL ;
NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, DE

MixingFaces, #Photobooth, Spacio d’el Orso, Design week, Milano, IT ;
D’Days, Paris, FR

Awards & shortlists

Prix Fondation Irène Reymond for platic arts

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

Nominated for the C/O Berlin TALENT AWARD 2023 in the category of Artist

Shortlisted for the Autor Book Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles

Nominated for the bourses de la Ville de Genève - Berthoud, Lissignol-Chevalier et Galland (BLCG) pour la jeune création en arts plastique 2023


Graphic Design & Publication Award (2nd prize), CDA, Paris
Nominated for the C/O Berlin TALENT AWARD 2022 in the category of Artist

Awarded artist for L’enquête photographique genevoise 2022

Promotion of aspiring photographers, Pro Helvetia

Grant Promotion of photobooks, Pro Helvetia Grant

Nominated for the C/O Berlin TALENT AWARD 2021

Winner of the Award of Excellence in Visual Arts — HES-SO

Nominated for the C/O Berlin TALENT AWARD 2020

Shortlisted for the GPF international photography competition, Guernsey

Shortlisted for the vfg Nachwuchsförderpreis für Fotografie 2020

Winner of the Prix de la Relève MBAL — Triennial of contemporary printed art — Musée des beaux-arts du Locle, CH

Winner of the Prix Voies Off/2019 Contemporary Photography Awards | — Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles

Finalist of The Cosmos Award — Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, FR

Finalist of the Prix Art Humanité — CRG, CICR, HEAD — Genève, Genève, CH

Finalist of the Human Rights Photography Award 2018 — Act on your future

Winner of the Swiss Federal Design Awards 2018 in photography

Shotlisted for the Swiss Photo Award — vfg.selection, Prize for the best works of Swiss photography 2017

Finalist of the Human Rights Photography Award 2017 — Act on your future

Shortlisted for The Aperture Foundation /Paris Photo, PhotoBook Award (The Erratics in collaboration with Darren Harvey-Regan and Vincent Sauvaire, ed. rvbbooks, Paris)

Certified Gold Album, Artwork of the album and the single of Etienne Daho, Blitz / Les floncons de l’été, in collaboration with Luc Vega, ed. Satori songs, Virgin

Winner (twice) of the Photography award Regard(s) sur Le Corbusier


#Ingrid Escamilla Vargas, to be co-published by RVB Books and Gato Negro Ediciones

I am a sweet angel face who got into danger place, Picture-Vinyl published by activeRat

Noms Inconnus, upcoming

Impact, en quête de révolution, self-published

Natural Selection, auto-éd. in collaboration with rvbbooks and Erik Kessels


KILOMÈTRES (issue No1 — 3), éd. HEAD — Genève & ENSP — Arles, CH & FR

Choli Cholie, éd. rvbbooks, Paris, FR OFFLINE, conception and realization (interviews, photographs, design graphic) of the magazine No1-AW2015, éd. les Presses du Réel, Dijon, FR

The Artist Talks by The Eyes — currated by Véronique Prugnaud, Paris Photo

« Photobooks about body, power and critical approach to feminism », with Tara Ulmann, Roxana Savin and Sarah Girard, Photobooks Switzerland, Photoforum Pasquart — currated by Anastasia Mityukova and Jana Johanna Haeckel

How can photography make room for bodies and narratives sometimes invisibillised? with Marie Dupasquier, Ekow Eshun, Namsa Leuba — currated by Olivia Fahmy, « 99 talks » by Pro Helvetia, Les Rencontres d’Arles 2021

Gender dimensions : how is inequality produced and reproduced in a time of crisis?

with Dr Sumi Madhok, London School of Economics and Political Science — currated by Amelie Rose Schuele

Féminicides — Appelons un meurtre un meurtre, broadcasting, Radio Vacarme, RTS1

Unknown Names, Fotomuseum Winterthur, organised by Pro Helvetia

Les féminicides ne sont pas des faits divers!
Nectar, 25.11.2019, broadcasting, RTS2

Femmes invisibles dans l’art
La Puce à l’Oreille, 14.11.2019, broadcasting, RTS TV

Domestic violence, consequence of a gendered society?
Galerie Art Bärtschi & Cie, Genève, CH

Le Jura et sa création, muses de la photographe Zoé Aubry
Actualité, 15.05.2019, broadcasting, RFJ

Reactivation of the archive through performances and other artistic productions, Le Cabanon, Lausanne, CH
invited by the curator Camille Avellan

Impact en quête de révolution, Hypothèse typologique & esthétique invited by RHS18, Galerie du Sauvages, Porrentruy, CH


The difficulty of honouring the memory of unknown names.
Master’s thesis, under the direction of David Zerbib

What impact of the image on the territorial arrangement ?
Bachelor’s thesis, received with honors, under the direction of Joël Vacheron