Zora Mann

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Zora Star Cahusac Mann was born in 1979 in Amersham, UK, to British parents who were born in Uganda and Kenya, and consequently spent her childhood between Europe, Africa and America. She completed her art studies at the Villa Arson in Nice.

Mann often employs a visual vocabulary picked up from her childhood experiences visiting Kenya, which is combined with a recurring folkloric and often psychedelic style, seen in the repetitive composition of geometric shapes, vibrant colors, and spatial synchronicities characteristic of dreams. Visual fragmentation in Mann’s work may allude to emotional states, as landscapes of the interior layered with meaning, memories, and feelings. Her surreal, enigmatic paintings and sculptures sometimes depict talismanic or symbolic representations that evoke specific people or situations in her life. Mann also approaches the notion of healing and protection through paintings, watercolors, etchings, murals, shields and ceramics– works that through diverse media connect her hybrid cultural background to her interest in natural structures, science fiction and psychology.

Her work was 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; Frac Poitou-Charentes, France, MAMAC, Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Nice

Education
2003
Preparatory Studies, Ateliers Glacière, Paris, France
2004-09
Academy of Contemporary Art and Research “Villa Arson”, Nice
2006
DNEP (Bachelor of Arts)
2009
DNSEP (Master of Arts)

Residencies
Villa Arson, 2019

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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
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

Public Collections
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

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
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