An artist named Jana Sophia Nolle walks ahead to capture the rising houselessness across the globe through her evoking photographs. The artist creates the housing of the poor inside the lavish residences of the region to highlight the widening wide between the two groups. She has travelled across countries to highlight the difference in the shelters of houseless people.
Inequality is soaring around the world. The rich are scaling the ladder of income while the poor are toiling at the bottom. The reports are in spate with these facts, but the worldly souls are brushing the perturbing figures under the carpet to spare the trend. However, an artist named Jana Sophia Nolle has come up with the power to turn lights on the issue with her art pieces.
Jana has worked closely to grab the bits of being houseless. She has walked around to see the houseless people toiling hard to arrange for their shelter and save themselves from the brunt of the weather. Absorbing the perturbing bits, she has gone ahead capturing the contrasting situation in her pictures. She arranges for a sumptuous housing bubbling with plush carpet, curtains, wooden flooring, etc., to reflect the living of the people up the strata.
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My work Living Room is on view with Catharine Clark Gallery at Unseen Amsterdam alongside works by @ssyjuco and @lenkaclaytonstudio. Find @cclarkgallery at booth 32, on view from September 20-22. . . Picture above: #10 San Francisco 2017/2018, from the series “Living Room” © Jana Sophia Nolle. Archival Pigment Print. @unseenplatform
Then, she goes ahead to create the shelter of the houseless people she has observed, inside them. Finally, she sets her camera on to capture the conflicting view. The artist uses different materials like cardboard, plastic, etc., to make shelters.
She doesn’t restrict to the situation of a single region. After completing San Francisco, she moved to Paris and Berlin to capture similar hues. However, she had to halt her Paris tour due to pandemic. After that, she moved to Berlin to proceed for her project.
Her works bring out the differences in the shelter across the globe due to different living conditions and weather requirements. Jana does not only capture the housing of the houseless. She also rubs shoulder with them. For instance, she bonded with some 15 of them when she was working on the San Francisco project. To her dismay, they had to leave due to official action.
Taking on the theme of her work, she shared, “Art cannot, unfortunately, solve problems or change society: at least one work on its own cannot. It does not provide solutions, but it can wake up people”.
Adding to that, she said, “While working on Living Room, I noticed that unhoused people said that they feel invisible to the housed residents of the city. For most Americans, homeless people are barely visible, somehow on the edge of our vision in most urban areas”.
Sharing her thoughts and feelings, she said, “While housed people can ‘go home’ and close their doors and do everything possible to protect themselves, I met many unhoused individuals who described how their networks and support structures changed dramatically due to the pandemic”.
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An outtake from my new project ‘Living Room’, San Francisco 2017/2018. I will be showing my work from October 5th to 15th 2018 at the Ostkreuzschule graduation show in Berlin. Follow @zwoelf_ostkreuzschule for updates. #livingroom #newproject #sanfrancisco #richandpoor @thisaintartschool
Adding to that, she shared, “Sometimes I get the feeling they do have money and wealth in the background but they seem to have trouble admitting it. Being wealthy/privileged seems sometimes also linked to feelings of shame”.
One can check out her series ‘Living Rooms’ to grab the bits. Not just that, the art lovers can also make way to Torrance Art Museum in California till October 24 to cherish her San Francisco work. Haus am Kleistpark will put her Berlin work on display in 2021.
Till then, one can wade through the social media world to live them.