Bally Artist 2008

Nelly Rodriguez

Bally Artist 2008

The Bally Foundation commends Nelly Rodriguez’s sensitivity in establishing a concise relationship with her subjects and her distinct eloquence in making this evident and sagaciously tangible throughout her body of work.

Nelly Rodriguez was born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1981. She graduated in photography from the Centre d’Enseignement Professionnel de Vevey (CEPV) in 2005. That same year, she exhibited at the prestigious Swiss Press Photo Award and later participated in numerous solo and collective exhibitions. In 2008 she was awarded the Bally Artist Award. Rodriguez has worked for renowned titles such as NZZ, Le Temps and The New York Times. She currently lives in Zurich, where she works as a freelance photographer especially in the cultural field, for museums, galleries, theater and dance, as well as a portraitist and reporter.

Nelly Rodriguez’s photographs are rooted in fieldwork. She explores her subjects’ connection to their inner life as they go about their everyday activities, documenting these fleeting moments with sensitivity thanks to an innate empathic capacity.

Her choice of subject is deliberate, sometimes stage-managed and composed. Her research covers the gaze and its meanings, the ability to process and communicate information in favor of a broader reading of the given context.

From the series
"Passing through the streets people recognise me"
Villa Saroli, Lugano, Switzerland

"Passing through the streets, people recognise me" is a reportage series of twenty-one photographs created during Nelly Rodriguez’s trip to China, financed by The Bally Foundation as part of the Bally Artist Award in 2008.

The photographer chronicled her discovery of the country, its layers of history and her spontaneous encounters with its people.

Photography enabled her to connect with Chinese culture, creating an meaningful series of portraits, landscapes and compositions visually chronicling people, architecture, everyday moments of life, objects and general contrasts that distinguish her work.