THOMAS NÖLLE
Biographical notes

Nölle was born in Soest, Germany (1948). He lives in Barcelona since 1988. He commenced his artistic activities in the mid-1970s. Marked social undertones, a sensibility for capturing and addressing relevant issues related to the complex relationship between humans and nature, and a critical approach to politico-economic, cultural and environmental issues are themes that were reflected even in his early photographic and three-dimensional works, and were destined to maintain a constant presence in practically all of his subsequent artistic productions.

Between 1979 and 1981 he travelled extensively throughout various Latin American countries, including Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil. During the time he spent in Brazil he created photographic series on the Indians of the Amazon, the life of the caboclos (people of mixed European and Indian ancestry) and the lesser-known side of Carnival in Rio.

In 1981 he returns to Germany. Nölle presented his work in several solo and group exhibitions, most notably at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, Bonn; Kunstverein, Bonn; Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Mülheim Art Museum; Orangerie Schloss Augustusburg, Brühl; Städtische Galerie am Herrenteich, Suhl. The monographic catalogue of his work produced between 1985-1991 was published.

In 1988, he set up a studio in Barcelona, Spain. In 1993, as mentor and co-founder, he created the L’Angelot Contemporary Culture Association in Barcelona, the first venue in Spain dedicated specifically to media art. Up until 1999, this association developed innumerable activities.

In 1993 he started a new series of works in different formats – object and light boxes, installations, environments, photographs. He held solo exhibitions in Germany, Brazil and Spain  Madrid, Valencia, Vitoria-Gasteiz, and Barcelona. From 2000 he worked in sound and audiovisual installations in collaboration with Carlos Jovellar (cv8.org). Nölle exhibited his installations at Museum of Art Sabadell; Multimedia Centre of the National Centre for the Arts in Mexico City; Observatori-III International Festival Valencia, MUVIM, Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad; Museu d´Art Contemporani d´Eivissa (Ibiza).

In 2006 he celebrated the solo exhibition Entre las imágenes [Between the Images] at the 5th International Image Festival in Manizales (Colombia), where he presented five audiovisual installations. The solo exhibition Silencio vicioso was shown at the Spanish Cultural Centre in Mexico City in 2006. That same year, Nölle presented the audiovisual installation Hall of Fame (cv8.org) in the Canariasmediafest, the 12th International Arts and Digital Cultures Festival of Gran Canaria.

In 2008, the video installation El salto del ángel (Qué será, será…) [Angel's Leap (Whatever Will Be, Will Be…)] was presented at the exhibition The Discreet Charm of Technology: Arts in Spain at the MEIAC, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (Badajoz), the ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlruhe (Germany) and the Neue Galerie Graz (Austria). In November 2008, he presented an individual exhibition entitled Tiempos dorados [Golden Times] at the MEIAC, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo of Badajoz (catalogue). The solo exhibition Way of Light, photographs and video art, was shown at Factoria Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in 2010. The main features of this production are the research of light potential and the construction of images in conjunction with movement.

In 2012 he published the photo book Musa. In February/March 2014, he presented a solo exhibition at the Gallery Arte Periférica, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa (Portugal), with a selection of photographs of the Musa series. He completed the artist's book By the Way in 2015, with photographs devoted to the relationship between travel, the fleeting gaze and the landscape. The book has a limited edition of 50 copies and 50 copies with an original in a box, and is edited by ACC L'Angelot (Barcelona). In March 2015 this book is presented at the Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona (Spain)