Biography / CV

Leonor Faber-Jonker (Amsterdam, 1987) is an author, researcher, and artist. She graduated from the master Art Policy and Management and the research master Modern History (with honours) at the University of Utrecht. After writing and publishing about a.o. contemporary art, the counterculture of the 1980s, and literature, she specialized in (African) colonial history. She wrote her thesis on the Herero and Nama genocide in German South-West Africa (1904-1908) and was scientific curator of an exhibition on this topic at the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris (25 November 2016 – 12 March 2017). Earlier, she had been co-curator of exhibitions on Dutch (post)punk record labels (with Oscar Smit), the Rotterdam underground (with Erik Brus), and – together with Natasja Alers – of ‘Graukunst’ (2014), an art exhibition with works by a.o. Richard Kern and Alan Vega.

During her research master, Leonor Faber-Jonker also returned to her own visual art: 2016 saw the opening of her first photo exhibition ‘Afrikanerland’ and in March 2017 she showed collages at the group exhibition ‘Cutting Edge’ in Fata Morgana Galerie, Berlin. That same month, her fiction debut – a short story – was published in the edited volume Vaan Nu.

Leonor Faber-Jonker lives and works in Rotterdam.


2013-2015 Research master Modern History, Utrecht University (with honours)

2008-2009 Master Art Policy and Management, Utrecht University

2005-2008 Bachelor History, Utrecht University


2017 – ‘Salon d’Hiver’, group exhibition ZERP Galerie, Rotterdam, NL

2017 – Boulevard du Nord, group exhibition Route du Nord, Rotterdam, NL

2017 – ‘Cutting Edge’, group exhibition Fata Morgana Galerie, Berlijn, DE

2016 – ‘Afrikanerland’, solo exhibition Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, NL

Publications (selection):

2018 – More than just an object. A material analysis of the return and retention of Namibian skulls from Germany (Leiden: African Studies Centre, African Studies Collection 70)

2017 – Le premier génocide du xxe siècle. Herero et Nama dans le Sud-Ouest africain allemand, 1904-1908 (Paris: Éditions du Mémorial de la Shoah)

2017 – ‘De dingen’ in: Erik Brus & Hans Sleutelaar (ed.), Vaan Nu (Rotterdam: StudioKers)

2017 – Introduction in: Prophit Art Zine # 2 (Berlin: Loolsart)

2016 – NoFun/ Torso/ Plurex (Amsterdam: Black Olive Press), with Oscar Smit

2012 – No Future Nu. Punk in Nederland 1977-2012 (Amsterdam: Lebowski Publishers)

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Photos: Marcel Harlaar, Kasper Vogelzang, Natasja Alers