b. 1986, in Germany

2018 Fine Art Photography, Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin, GER
2012 MSc Violence, Conflict Development Studies, SOAS University London, UK
2011 BA Political Science / Anthropology, McGill University, WWU Muenster, GER

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

NOLLE’s work lives 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 conceptual photography.
Her approach is multidisciplinary, using photography, video and installations.

In addition to her practice as a visual artist Jana Sophia Nolle works as an international election observer, most recently she lived and worked in Nepal, Myanmar, Belarus, Albania and Ukraine. Working in such diverse and vibrant environments has helped to inform her artistic sensibilities.

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


Billboard campaign, Living Room, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Living Room, Landskrona Foto 2019, outdoor exhibition, Landskrona, SE
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Festival Copenhagen, DK



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)


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


January 2022
Living Room, SF & Berlin (Solo Show),  Blue Sky Gallery,  Portland, USA

August 2022
“Home Again”, Living Room (Group Show), Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin, GER
Fall 2022

Fall 2022 (TBD)
Living Room, San Francisco / (Un)Housed, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, (Group show), Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA


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
Finalist Athen Foto Festival 2020
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, PH Museum Womens Grant 2019
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 (Bronze / category: Konzeptionell-künstlerische Fotobildbände), Project Living Room (Edition: 50 copies), Photos: Jana Sophia Nolle, Text: Aaron Schuman


Private Collections, Stanford Photo Book Collection, Haus am Kleistpark Collection


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

Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018, 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.


Zeit Magazin (GER), Publication of project Living Room, Nr.20, May 2019; Zeit Online (GER), Publication of project Living Room, May 2019; British Journal of Photography Online (BJP, UK), May 2019; DNMag, May 2019, DK, Der Greif Online, September 2019; The Guardian Online, September 2019; Financial Dageblat, September 2019, NL, Humble Arts Foundation (USA), Interview: Living Room, 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.


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

Artist Talk, Jana Sophia Nolle in conversation with Perle Mohl, at Folkehuset Absalon, Copenhagen, DK, June 2019

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