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Education 

2016 - 2020

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, 

DesignLab, Amsterdam

2009 - 2012

University of Passau,

Media and Communications

Press

ELLE Decoration NL no.6/2021: Designers Update: Nadja Schlenker

Het Parool: Rietveld alumni tijdens corona

DAMN Magazine °77: Culture helps Beirut to regain hope

Het Parool: 4x bijzondere kunst bij de afstudeerexpo van de Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Schlenker's works range from small objects to large-scale, spatial installations. A great source of inspiration for her work is travel, from which she always returns with photographs that enrich her image archive, which she uses as reference points for new ideas. Empty streets, buildings and landscapes dominate the photographs; they show building blocks, architectural details, façade textures and always leave it to the viewer to imagine the people who have stayed there.

She’s lived in Bangkok, Beirut and Rome and is drawn to the many stories that unfold every day in the houses and streets. In her studio, she brings together the energy of different places, encounters and picks out elements to translate them into her own urban landscapes.

Her curiosity for different views and perspectives is reflected in her interest in material research as well as testing the possibilities and limits of materials and techniques from ceramics to paper sculpting and working with building materials. She works at the intersection of architecture, design and art and likes to play with the perception of objects. Whether the works are sculptures or functional pieces is often left up to the viewer.

Exhibitions 

2022

Ceramics, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) (upcoming)

2022

2022

Talente 2022, München (DE) (upcoming)

Down to Earth, Shåk Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2022

2022

BIG, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 

The Sweet Enoughs, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 

2021

AAF Hamburg (DE)

2021

Young Female Artists, Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam (NL) 

2021

Artwell Amsterdam (NL) 

2021

Talente 2021, München - online

2020

See you again for the first time, next time - Collaging Beirut

Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL)

2020

Shapeshifters, Amsterdam - online

2019

Don't Feed the Animals, Species of the Future,

Galerie Schau Fenster, Berlin (DE)

2018

Touch and Feel in an unreal World,

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL)

2014

Just Abstract, Eat Me Art, Bangkok (THA)