b. 1986, in Germany

2015 – 2018 Fine Art Photography Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin, Germany

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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019 (March 20 - April 6)
Finalist — Photobook Exhibition / Award, Foto Wien 2019, Vienna, AU

2019
Emerging Photography Award, Finalist Miami Photo Fest, (group show), Miami, USA

2018
Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018 (group show), OKS, The Shelf, Berlin

2018
Anska. Mothers and Daughters (group show), Best Photo, Harvey Milk Photo Center / Through the Lens, San Francisco

2017
Phenomena No.1 (group show), Das kleine Schwarze, Hamburg

2017
Fathers and Sons (group show), Gesellschaft für Internationele Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Berlin / Brussels

2017
Imprint, Art Auction, SOMA Arts Center, Coalition on Homelessness, (group show), San Francisco

2016
Present to Past (group exhibition), OKS, Berlin

2015
Project ECHOS (Video and Photography) (group exhibition, HO Gallery, Berlin


UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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

2019
Short-List, Category: projects curated exhibitions — Photofestival Lenzburg, CH

2019
Nominated for the DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, project grant 2019, GER

2018
C/O Berlin Talent Award 2019 – Nomination

2018
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

March 2019
Artist Talk — with Shimon Attie & Jana Sophia Nolle. Photo Alliance, San Francisco, March 15th 2019, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco USA

March 2019
Lecture 'creative practice and ethnography's on homelessness' with Annie Danis, Apartment of Anthropology, UC Berkeley, California, March 20th 2019