b. 1986, in Germany
2015 – 2018 Fine Art Photography Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie
2011 – 2012 MSc Violence, Conflict Development Studies SOAS
University London, UK
Lives and works in Berlin and in San Francisco.
In addition to being a visual artist Jana Sophia Nolle works as an international election observer, most recently she lived and worked in Nepal, Myanmar, Belarus and Albania. Working in such diverse and vibrant environments has helped to inform her artistic sensibilities.
Consisting of photographs and found footage, Nolle’s work can be best described as living between research, observation and documentation. Often, the starting point of her projects is based on either autobiographical experiences or social phenomena. Her interests reflect a fascination with social change, fragile identities, as well as individuals embedded in socio-political transformations.
Having a research background, she often acts
as an investigator as well as an observer, scanning the lives of others and using methods of both scientific research and staged documentary photography. Her approach is multidisciplinary, using photography, video and installations.
2019 (March 20 - April 6)
Finalist — Photobook Exhibition / Award, Foto Wien 2019, Vienna, AU
Emerging Photography Award, Finalist
Miami Photo Fest, (group show), Miami, USA
Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018
(group show), OKS, The Shelf, Berlin
Anska. Mothers and Daughters (group show), Best Photo, Harvey Milk Photo Center / Through the Lens, San Francisco
Phenomena No.1 (group show), Das kleine Schwarze, Hamburg
Fathers and Sons (group show), Gesellschaft für Internationele Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin / Brussels
Imprint, Art Auction, SOMA Arts Center, Coalition on Homelessness, (group show),
Present to Past (group exhibition), OKS, Berlin
Project ECHOS (Video and Photography) (group exhibition, HO Gallery, Berlin
2019 (July 3 - 31)
Living Room, Festival des Voies Off — FOTOHAUS I PARISBERLIN, (group show), Arles, FR
2019 (June 29 - August 31)
Don’t touch my circles’ (Group Show). Catharine Clark Gallery. Participating artists: Jana Sophia Nolle, Kim Beck, Kevin Cooley, Nicki Green, Bill Jacobson, Stephanie Syjuco, Marie Watt. San Francisco, USA
2019 (June 6 - 16)
Winner Projects — Mary Frey & Jana Sophia Nolle — Copenhagen Photo Festival, (Group Show), Festival Center on Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, DK
SELECTED AWARDS / GRANTS / NOMINATIONS
Short-List, Category: projects curated exhibitions — Photofestival Lenzburg, CH
Nominated for the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, project grant 2019, GER
C/O Berlin Talent Award 2019 – Nomination
German Photobook Prize 2018/2019 (Bronze), Project Living Room, Photos: Jana Sophia Nolle,Text: Jana Sophia Nolle & Aaron Schuman, Design: Sven-Lindhorst-Emme. Self-published. 1. Edition 2018. Edition: 50, Hardcover.
PUBLICATIONS & CATALOGUES
Exhibition Catalogue, Year Zwölf, European Month of Photography, Berlin 2018
Living Room, Jana Sophia Nolle
Photos: Jana Sophia Nolle, Text: Jana Sophia Nolle & Aaron Schuman, Design: Sven-Lindhorst-Emme. Self-published. First Edition 2018. Edition: 50, Hardcover.
ARTIST TALKS & LECTURES
Artist Talk — with Shimon Attie & Jana Sophia Nolle. Photo Alliance, San Francisco, March 15th 2019, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco USA
Lecture 'creative practice and ethnography's on homelessness' with Annie Danis, Apartment of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, California, March 20th 2019