b. 1986, in Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, GER.
Affiliate artist with Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA.

Nolle's artistic practice is multidisciplinary and operates at the interface of research, observation and documentation as well as photography and installation. Her works are created in cooperation with various communities and are temporarily expanded to include other media and methods such as video and social practice. They take place both thematically and formally in public and private spaces. They open up "other" places such as sidewalks and living rooms as a stage, whereby the definition and scope of the public and private spheres are brought into a field of tension. Nolle pursues a conceptual approach that reconnects realities that are drifting apart and questions their relationship to one another. She creates strong counter-images that emphasize power relations and hierarchies through their contrasting arrangement and at the same time irritate. She sees herself as a "border crosser" who moves in contradictory worlds in order to give abstract social transformation processes a perceptible presence and address social grievances.

Nolle received her MSc from SOAS University London, UK, and a degree in Photography from Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, Germany.

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2023 / 2024
"Who owns the city? On housing shortages and social utopia", Kommunale Galerie Adlershof, Berlin, DE

Living Room, SF & Berlin, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, USA

I'm here! / Living Room, Innsbruck University, AUT

Living Room, San Francisco & Berlin, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, DE

Billboard campaign, Living Room, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA


2023 / 2024

Perfectly Imperfect. Makel, Mankos und Defekte, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur CH (on view till May 2024)
Mother Art Prize, London, Zabludowicz Collection London, UK
Wege nach Utopia, Weimar, Bauhaus Museum Weimar, GER ( on view till Jan. 2024)


Transgressive. Non-Conformist Approaches To Art And The City, Kühlhaus Berlin, GER
Living Room / Vonovia Award, Sprengel Museum Hanover, GER
Home Again / Living Room, Willy Brandt House Berlin, GER


Women in Covid, IN WAVES, Billboard Show, Berlin, GER
AFF Gallery, Keep your eyes peeled, Living Room, Berlin, GER
So Wie Wir Sind 3.0, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, GER (2021 - 2022)

A place for justice, Living Room, San Diego State University, CA, USA


Living Room, Neuköllner Kunstpreis 2020. Galerie am Saalbau, Berlin, GER
Shelter Nr. 365, 2019, “Ineligible”, Santo Tirso International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. Sano Torso, PT
Circulation(s) Festival, Living Room, Centquatre/Gare de l’est, Paris, FR
Living Room, Baker’s Dozen (B12), Torrance Art Museum, LA, USA


PARIS PHOTO, Galerie Joseph, “Living Room, San Francisco”, Paris, FR
Living Room, San Francisco, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Marrakech, MA
UNSEEN Amsterdam Art Fair, Catharine Clark Gallery, booth 31. NL
Reclaim Award. Billboard presentation of Living Room, SF. Cologne, GER
“Don’t touch my circles”? Living Room. Catharine Clark Gallery. San Francisco, USA
Festival des Voies Off, FOTOHAUS I PARISBERLIN, Arles, FR
Finalist, Emerging Photography Award, Miami Photo Fest, Miami, USA
Landskrona Foto 2019, Living Room. Outdoor exhibition. Landskrona, SE


Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018, Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, Shelf, Berlin, GER


Finalist — Mother Art Prize 2023, London, UK
Research Grant Visual Arts, Senate Department for Culture / Europe Berlin 2021
Special Grant Visual Arts, Senate Department for Culture / Europe Berlin 2020
Shortlist FOAM Talent Award 2021
Nominated Fellowship DF13, Wüstenrot Stiftung/Museum Folkwang Essen 2020
Photography Working grant — Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin, GER 2019
Finalist — Hellerau Portrait Award 2020
Finalist — Neuköllner Kunstpreis, Berlin, GER 2020
Shortlist, Felix-Schoeller Award 2019, Free Choice Category, GER
Winner — LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2019, USA / GER
DFA Portfolio Walk — June Deutsche Fotografie 2019, Hamburg, GER
Winner – Reclaim Award 2019, Cologne, GER
Finalist Voies-Off Award, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, FR
Shortlist, Athen Photo Festival, Benaki Musuem Athen, GR
Nominated for c/o Berlin Talents Award 2019, GER
Nominated DZ Bank Art Collection Project Grant, GER
German Photobook Prize 2018/2019


Private collections (USA / DE / CHE), Stanford Photo Book Collection / CA, USA, Haus am Kleistpark Berlin / GER, Stadtmuseum Berlin / GER


Exhibition Catalogue, Year Zwölf, European Month of Photography, Berlin 2018

Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018, Jana Sophia Nolle, Kerber Verlag 2020

“WohnWissen”, Veröffentlichung der Werkserie “Living Room”, Bundesverband für Wohnen und Stadtentwicklung e.V. / JOVIS Verlag 2024


Zeit Magazin (GER), Publication of project Living Room, Nr.20, May 2019; British Journal of Photography Online (BJP, UK), May 2019; DNMag, May 2019, DK, The Guardian Online, September 2019; Financial Dageblat, September 2019, NL, Humble Arts Foundation (USA), October 2019, USA; Art, Das Kunstmagazin Magazin, 01/2020, Interview: Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018, WIRED Magazine, issue 15/01/2020; PHOTONEWS, Issue: 04/2020.


Weimar Controversies, “Shelter, Poverty and Housing: How Can We Live Humanely?” — Jana Sophia Nolle & Gerhard Trabert in conversation with Dr. Helmut Heit, Bauhaus Museum Weimar, September 2023

A place for justice. A Conversation with Kim Abeles, Jana Sophia Nolle, and David Taylor, San Diego State University, CA, USA, April 2021

Guest Lecture, Jana Sophia Nolle, Home and Identity, Class of Prof. Linn Schroeder, The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), April 2020

Artist Talk, Jana Sophia Nolle, Homelessness in the Living Room, Creative (un)makings: disruptions in art/archaeology, International Conference, Museu Internacional de Escultura Contemporânea, Santo Tirso, PT, March 2020

Artist Talk & Guest Lecture, "Living Room" & , The Role of Artists addressing social, political issues“, Jana Sophia Nolle, Sonoma States University, California, USA, Department of Art History, August 2019

Panel discussion: "Closing the Circle" — The role of art and artists in building awareness around homelessness. Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA, August 8 2019

Artist Talk — with Shimon Attie & Jana Sophia Nolle. Photo Alliance, San Francisco, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco USA, March 2019

Lecture 'creative practice and ethnography's on homelessness' with Dr. Annie Danis, Apartment of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, CA, March 2019