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  • Nora Mertes

    Biography

    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
    Press/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

    CV

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

    Education

    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
    Selected Artworks
    Chatty Matter
    Untitled (Chatty Matter)
    2018/19
    Klumpen
    2016-19
    series Chatter
    I, II, III
    2018/19
    ratter
    2018/19
    clong
    2018/19
    hmna
    2018/19
    oou-uu
    2018/19
    uu
    2018/19
    oou
    2018/19
    nija
    2018/19
    tshap
    2018/19
    wum
    2018/19
    krzz
    2019
    Jutukas mateeria
    krzz
    2019
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    Nora Mertes, Kati Saarits
    Klumpen
    Ceramics plaster
    2016-19

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    Exhibition

    Chatty Matter