Leonor Faber-Jonker (Amsterdam, 1987) is an author, researcher, and artist. Her work is characterized by a fascination for objects and materiality, memory and history, perception, and the sublime. She is particularly interested in the entanglements of different meanings and memories of (colonial) artefacts, human remains, photographs, statues, and places.
Faber-Jonker published extensively on a.o. the counterculture of the 1980s, the Rotterdam underground and (African) colonial history. As a historian, she specialized in the Herero and Nama genocide in German South-West Africa (1904-1908). She was scientific curator of an exhibition on this topic at the Mémorial de la Shoah, Paris. Her book ‘More than just an object: A material analysis of the return and retention of Namibian skulls from Germany’ was published in 2018.
The topics in her visual art and literary work often relate: in the photo series Stone Eyes, she portrays the silent witnesses of the bombing of Rotterdam; in the series Afrikanerland she reflects on her outsider status in Namibia and South Africa. In her collage series The New Empire, the ‘colonial dream’ is interpreted as a surrealist nightmare. Her fiction debut, short story ‘De Dingen’ was published in the edited volume Vaan Nu (2017).
Leonor Faber-Jonker lives and works in Rotterdam.
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)
2018 – ‘Ingewikkelde simpelheid. In memoriam Ton Lebbink’ in: Extaze 26 (In de Knipscheer)
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)
2017 – ‘Salon d’Hiver’ (collages), group exhibition ZERP Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2017 – Boulevard du Nord (photography), group exhibition Route du Nord, Rotterdam, NL
2017 – ‘Cutting Edge’ (collages), group exhibition Fata Morgana Galerie, Berlijn, DE
2016 – ‘Afrikanerland’ (photography), solo exhibition Afrika Studiecentrum, Leiden, NL
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