NOLLE Jana Sophia

Living Room, San Francisco 2017/2018


2020 -

Among other criteria, our dwellings, our homes are a reflection of ourselves and tell of our position on the social ladder. The series “Living Room” stages contrasting personal spaces. It shows makeshift shelters built by homeless individuals in surroundings that are not their typical environment: San Franciscan middle-class lounges.

Designed in collaboration with homeless people, Jana Sophia Nolle’s project reveals the building creativity and originality of this forgotten population. Whether minimal or complex, these “huts” establish a connection between two worlds that have nothing in common. With this inventory, this typology of ephemeral dwellings, the artist addresses broader issues such as exclusion, housing crisis and gentrification in San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the world with regards to the housing market, among other things.


With the support of Goethe Institut

About the artist

Born in 1986, Jana Sophia Nolle lives and works between Berlin and San Francisco. Her work combines photography and found images and stands where research, observation and documentation meet. Her multidisciplinary approach blends photography, video and installations.

She completed an MSc in violence, conflict and development at SOAS, University London, in 2012 and a degree from the Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin en 2018.