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.
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 – ‘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