Virginie Otth about Multiple/désirs

Interview with Swiss artist Virginie Otth

"In the history of photography and painting, it has rather been men who have looked at women with this idea of desire more or less asserted [...]. Multiple/désirs is a piece that speaks about female desire, my own [...]. It's also the gaze of a 50-year-old woman, and I think it's good that it exists among the landscape of images." – Virginie Otth


Virginie Otth (Switzerland, 1971) is a photographer from Lausanne who examines the fragmentary, incomplete and ever-renewed relationship to the world offered by photography, but also by our gaze and perception.

In this video, Virginie Otth presents Multiple/désirs, a monumental work made up of 26 prints on aluminum, addressing the notions of female gaze and feminine desire. It can be seen at the A Lake in the Eye exhibition until February 25, 2024.

The work Multiple/désirs entered Photo Elysée's collection through a purchase in 2021 as part of the COVID-19 measures, a transitional cantonal aid scheme for cultural players, run by the State of Vaud's Service for Cultural Affairs (SERAC).


The exhibition Virginie Otth: A Lake in the Eye can be seen at Photo Elysée from November 3, 2023 to February 25, 2024.

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