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Leonor Faber-Jonker (Amsterdam, 1987) is an author, researcher, and artist. Her work is characterized by a fascination for the relations between materiality, memory and meaning. In her work she explores the practices surrounding (colonial) objects, collections, 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.

Leonor Faber-Jonker lives and works in Rotterdam.

She is represented by HOK gallery, The Hague.



Publications (selection):

2019 – ‘Making micro worlds. How Martha Colburn finds the largest of truths in the smallest of things’ in: ‘Martha Colburn: Imagined Histories’ (New York: Fredonia State University)

2019 – ‘Stalin’s Ear: On the material (after)lives of a statue’ in: Ted Hyunhak Yoon and Bernke Klein Zandvoort (ed.), Decoding Dictatorial Statues (Eindhoven: Onomatopee)

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)



2019 – ‘L’Age d’Or’, groepstentoonstelling (collages), Sexyland, Amsterdam, NL

2019 – ‘SCHNITTSERIE. Anatomy of a Collection’, solo exhibition (collages), HOK gallery, Den Haag, NL

2019 – ‘Afrikanerland’, solo exhibition (photography), Zuid-Afrikahuis, Amsterdam, NL

2019 – ‘VOID’, group exhibition (collages), Neurotitan, Berlin, NL

2019 – ‘Prophit #3’, riso print group exhibition (collages), Page Not Found, Den Haag, NL

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