Nora Mertes

Nora Mertes (BE/GE, born in 1982) is an artist from Belgium based in Germany, who primarily deals with sculptural qualities in her material- and site-specific work. Mertes uses materials, everyday objects and her own body in her investigations of physical qualities of material culture. In exhibitions, this becomes visible through a variety of media, including installation, sculpture, photo, and video. Mertes tests different ways of manipulating the material and everyday objects and explores how these can react to each other, or transform in the process. By placing them in so-called foreign roles, the artist wishes to bring forward the meanings and potentials of the physical world that surrounds us, and it is this aspect that largely forms the basis of her sculptural and spatial works.

More info on Nora’s homepage.

Exhibitions at Kogo

Press and Publications

Conversations and monologues with matter
Eva-Erle Lilleaed. Magazine of Art and Visual Culture KUNST.EE. 1/2019

‘Chatty Matter’ by Kati Saarits and Nora Mertes at Kogo Gallery
Blok Magazine. 18/03/2019

Chatty Matter
Footnotes on art

Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Chatty Matter’ by Kati Saarits and Nora Mertes at the Kogo Gallery
Echo Gone Wrong. 20/02/2019


Nora Mertes (1982) is from Belgium, but cuurently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


2009-2012 Institute of Art in Context, University of the Arts, Berlin (MA)
2007-2008 Hiroshima City University, Art Department, Hiroshima (J)
2004-2009 Alanus Hochschule Alfter, Bonn (diploma and Meisterschülerin)

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Chatty Matter, with Kati Saarits, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2017 Entliehene Bücher: Nr. 1 und Nr. 2, Dzialdov, Berlin, Germany
2016 Suspending Plains, Skaftfell Center of Visual Art, Seydisfjördur, Iceland
2013 Work presentation and talk at Stundars, Solf, Finland
2011 Still not Blue, Gallery Blunk, Trondheim, Norway

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Õrn rippumine, Kilometer of Sculpture, Rakvere, Estonia
2016 Camuli – Trading Places, Galerie 5020, Salzburg, Austria
2015 Ikob-Award 2015, IKOB Museum of Contemporary Art, Eupen, Belgium
2015 Camuli – Trading Places, MEWO Kunsthalle Memmingen and Kunstverein L40, Berlin, Germany
2015 No. 1, Salon piano alto, Berlin, Germany
2014 Berlin Project Space Festival, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2014 Chorprobe, Kunstverein ArtToll, Bedburg Hau, Germany
2014 In leeren Räume wohnen, Berlin, Germany
2014 MDF (Monat der Fotografie), project space Strahler, Berlin, Germany
2012 Graduate exhibition Out of Context, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany
2011 Multistable Perception, Kunstverein E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany
2011 Beautiful Mind, German-Sudanese artist exchange, supported by IFA, project space Kunsttransit Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
2010 After Art & Language, in the exhibition Brilliant Volume, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany
2010 In Maps Water Is Always Indicated In Blue, Imperial Cathedral Königslutter, Germany
2009 A Room, inauguration of Heliopolis University Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
2009 ASYLIER, Japanese-German project exhibition, Künstlerforum Bonn, Germany
2009 Young Art to the Sieg, Karin Halft Fellows exhibition, Eitorf, Germany
2008 IKOB prize 2008, IKOB Museum for Contemporary Art (nomination), Eupen, Belgium
2008 engine, Gallery Jack in the Box, Cologne, Germany

Scholarships and Grants

2013-2020 Studio scholarship of BBK (Berufsverband Bildener Künstler Berlin), Berlin, Germany
2016 Goldrausch Künstlerinnen Projekt, Germany
2015 Ikob-Award, IKOB Museum of Conteporary Art, Eupen, Belgium
2015 Grant of the Goetheinstitut, Artist in Resident at Skaftfell, Seydisfjördur, Iceland
2015 Artist in Residence USF Bergen, Norway
2014 Artist in Residence at Stundars, Solf, Finland
2012 Scholarship of the Simulation Situation Society, Liechtenstein
2010-2011 Study Scholarship of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany
2010 Project grant of the University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany
2009 Heliopolis University Scholarship, Cairo, Egypt
2008 Karin Halft Grant, Germany
2007 Japan-Scholarship of DG (Deutschsprachige Gemeinschaft Belgien), Eupen, Belgium
2007 Study Scholarship of Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft, Alfter, Germany

Teaching Experience

Since 2016 FG Kunst TU Berlin
2015-2018 University of Art Berlin
Alanus Hochschule, FG Bildende Kunst
Bauhaus Universität Weimar, FG Bildende Kunst
2012-2014 Institut für Architekturbezogene Kunst, TU Braunschweig
1319, , ,
1321, , ,
1323, , ,
1325, , ,
1327, , ,
1329, , ,
1331, , ,
1333, , ,
1335, , ,
1337, , ,
1339, , ,
1341, , ,
1355, , ,

Kogo Gallery’s newsletter

Read the latest issue