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, GER and in San Francisco, CA.

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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PARIS PHOTO, Galerie Joseph, Living Room (group show), Paris, FR

Screening of Living Room during Les Rencontres de la Photographie Marrakech, MA

UNSEEN Amsterdam, Living Room, Catharine Clark Gallery, booth 31., Amsterdam, NL

Public Art — Billboard campaign with Living Room, a collaboration with Lava Mea and Catharine Clark Gallery (solo show), San Francisco, USA

Reclaim Award 2019. Billboard exhibition, Living Room, (group show). Cologne, GER

“Don’t touch my circles” (group show). Catharine Clark Gallery. San Francisco, USA

Landskrona Foto 2019, Living Room. Outdoor exhibition. Landskrona, SE

Festival des Voies Off, FOTOHAUS I PARISBERLIN, (group show), Arles, FR

Copenhagen Photo Festival, (solo show), Festival Copenhagen, DK

Finalist – Emerging Photography Award, Miami Photofest, (group show), Miami, USA

Finalist — Photobook Award/Exhibition, Foto Fest Wien 2019, Vienna, AU

Finalist — Photobook Exhibition, Month of Photography Los Angeles, USA


Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018 (group show), Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie Berlin, The Shelf, Berlin, GER

Anska. Mothers and Daughters (group show), Best Photo, Harvey Milk Photo Center/Through the Lens, San Francisco, USA 2017

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

Fathers and Sons (group show), GIZ Repräsentation, Berlin/Brussels, GER

Imprint, Art Auction, Soma Arts Center, Coalition on Homelessness, (group show), San Francisco, USA


Present to Past (group show), OKS, Berlin


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


2020 January 20 — March 30
Living Room, Neukölln Kunstpreis 2020 (group show), Galerie am Saalbau, Berlin, GER

2020 March 6 - June 30
Living Room, “Ineligible”, (group show), Santo Tirso International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture. Collaboration with San Francisco State University

2020 March 14 - May 10
Living Room, Festival Circulation(s), Centquatre / Gare du Nord, Paris, FR

2020 (Fall)
Living Room, Wignal Museum of Contemporary Art, (group show), Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA


Nominated for Dokumentarförderpreis Wüstenrotstiftung 2020
Fellowship — Haus am Kleistpark Berlin 2019/2020
Finalist — Hellerau Portrait Award 2020
Finalist — Neukölln Kunstpreis 2020
Shortlist — PH Museum Women's Grant 2019
Winner — LensCulture Emerging Talent Award 2019, USA / GER
Winner – Reclaim Award 2019, Cologne, GER
Shortlist, Felix-Schoeller Award 2019, Free Choice Category, GER
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


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.


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