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.



DNSEP (Master of Arts)

DNEP (Bachelor of Arts)

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

Preparatory Studies, Ateliers Glacière, Paris, France


Villa Arson, 2019

Selected Solo Exhibitions

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

Solo exhibition, Studio Mondial, Berlin

Nectar Hive, ChertLüdde, Berlin

Solo Exhibition, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin 

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

Being and your own form, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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

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

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

Sundown, Cussler, Berlin

Growth Readiness, Macumba Night Club, Nice

Group Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Partouse, Berlin
Ballungsrum, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin

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

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

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

Catalogues – Publications

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

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

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

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