Zora Mann

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Zora Star Cahusac Mann (1979, Amersham, England) was born in the UK and spent her childhood shifting between Europe, Africa, and America.

She attended art school at Villa Arson in Nice, France, where she developed her distinct, hypersaturated artistic voice. Mann’s identifiable aesthetic ventures into the realms of disparate experiences and scores of interests. Her vibrating, psychedelic expression finds influence in folklore, geometry, dreamlike shifts, vibrant, affective color palettes, and surreal repetition that moves in relation to so many other competing movements. Leaning into psychic change, memory, and visceral registers of emotion, Mann explodes in color onto canvases, sculptures, etchings, murals, ceramics, and shields. Shields and talisman for Mann, is an incantation of therapeutic mitigation, porous membranes exploring the tender machinations of healing. Theoretical musings on fragmentation and the philosophical ticks of psychology, science fiction, literature, and natural structures, show up in bold, inquisitive creative displacement. Fractures and aesthetic bursts allude to states of mind that invite the cooperation of the involute unconscious, and she enters this risky zone with equal trepidation and innovative confidence. Mann’s hallucinogenic manifestations pulsate and throb, challenging us to drift in and out of the incorporeal in kaleidoscopic mutation. 

Zora Mann’s work has been exhibited at: Berlinische Galerie; Villa Arson, Nice; Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden; Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; BKV-Brandeburgischen Kunstverein, Potsdam.

Collections: Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Frac Poitou-Charentes, France; MAMAC, Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Nice.

 

Education

2009
DNSEP (Master of Arts)

2006
DNEP (Bachelor of Arts)

2004-2009
Academy of Contemporary Art and Research “Villa Arson”, Nice

2003
Preparatory Studies, Ateliers Glacière, Paris, France

Residencies

Villa Arson, 2019

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024
I dreamt of tearing the storm into fragments, In collaboration with Heike Kabisch, Grisebach x ChertLüdde, Berlin

2023
Solo exhibition, Studio Mondial, Berlin

2022
Nectar Hive, ChertLüdde, Berlin

2021
Solo Exhibition, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin 

2020
Stringfigures and Watercolours Zora Mann and Vivien Cahusac de Caux, ChertLüdde Showroom, Berlin
Wanganga, curated by Eric Mangion, Villa Arson, Nice

2018
Being and your own form, ChertLüdde, Berlin

2017
Statements, Art Basel, with ChertLüdde, Berlin
Doppelgänger, curated by Imke Kannegießer, 45cbm studio space, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden

2015
Fiac – Foire International d’Art Contemporain, La Fayette Sector, Paris
Coagula, Chert, Berlin

2014
Open-Field-Test, Chert, Berlin
Tequila Sunrise, Fine Furniture Gallery, Berlin

2012
Sundown, Cussler, Berlin

2010
Growth Readiness, Macumba Night Club, Nice

Group Exhibitions

2023
My Demons My Angels, ChertLüdde, Berlin
House of dreamers, curated by Anne-Laure Lestage, Villa Empain – Fondation Boghossian, Brussels

2022
Paint it all! Aktuelle Malerei aus Berlin, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
La Courage des Oiseaux, La Station, Nice 
Paradoxales, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Linazay

2021
MERZBAU-GARTEN • Module III, Kinderhook and Caracas, Berlin

2020
Wide Open, Curated by Stefanie Heckmann, Berlinische Galerie, Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Berlin

2019
Freigänger, Curated by Crispin Gurholt and Helga-Marie Nordby, The Knast, Berlin
A Shiver in Search of a Spine, Arario Gallery, Samcheong, Korea
All The Small Things, curated by Alessandro Buganza and Margherita Castiglioni, Alessandro Buganza, Milan

2018
The Shrine of Friendship, curated by Manuel Kirsch, BKV-Brandeburgischen Kunstverein, Potsdam
Condo, hosted by Union Pacific, London

2017
Interface(s) – Tales of Babel, curated by Lucile Bouvard, Haus am Lützowplatz – Studio Galerie, Berlin

2016
Global Female Inventories, curated by NOTE ON, Project Space Festival, Berlin
Group presentation at ART-O-RAMA, Marseille
Group presentation at Art Cologne, with Chert, Berlin
You Can See the Weakness of a Man Right Through His Iris, in an apartment Rigaerstrasse 69, Berlin
Leaping over a bush to surprise a quail, Chert, Berlin

2015
Lügen, Atelier in der Oranienstrasse 189, Berlin
Group presentation at Art Cologne, with Chert, Berlin

2014
Iao Oo, Studio Hodori & Studio Niculescu, Berlin
Hotspot Va, Commissariat À Treize, Paris

2013
Interior 301, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris
Reits, Schaufenster, Berlin
Where The Wild Things Go, Fine Furniture Gallery, Berlin

2012
Partouse, Berlin
Ballungsrum, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin

2011
J’aime Les Femmes Et Je Le Prouve, Espace À Débattre, Nice
Ryhmänäytelly, Macumba Nightclub, Nice

2010
Coulis De Framboises, Kit Invite, Palais De Tokyo, Paris
Hic, Villa Arson, Nice
Thriller, Berlin

2009
Birds Love Fish, Chert , Berlin
Santé, Galerie De La Marine, Nice
Pavillon Arson, 54e Édition Du Salon De Montrouge
Écotone, La Station, Nice
No Way Nevermind, Insitut Française, Dresden

Bibliography – Selected Articles

2020
“Rhythmic Repetition and Hybridized Memories: Sol Calero and Zora Mann at Villa Arson, Nice” by Giovanna Manzotti on Mousse Magazine, online.
“Sol Calero, Zora Mann and Shailesh BR at Villa Arson” on studio international, online.

2018
“Five Shows to See at Condo 2018” by Cheyenne Julien on Elephant, 15 January 2018.

2017
“Eight Galleries to See at Art Basel” by Emily Steer on Elephant.

2015
“Zora Mann, Painter”, interview on Studio Beat, October 2015.
“Artist’s Diary – Zora Mann”, ATP DIARY, May 2015.

2012
“Zora Mann” by Nella Beljan on Freunde von Freunden, 10 September 2012.

Catalogues – Publications

2023
“House of Dreamers,” edited by Louma Salamé, Boghossian Foundation, 2023, Brussels, BE. ISBN: 9782931001066

2017
“Bicéphale”, artist’s book by Zora Mann and Marion Andrieu
“The Daughter of the Easter Egg”, artist’s book, published by ChertLüdde & Motto, Berlin

2015
“Cosmophagy. Zora Mann and Julie Church”, artist’s book, published by Chert & Motto, Berlin

2014
“Zora Mann’s Magical Coloring Book”, artist’s book, Chert & Motto Books, Berlin