Noemi Yoko Molitor, PhD, is a Berlin based visual artist and researcher. She studied Gender Studies and European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Cornell University, and Emory University.
Her artistic practice includes abstract painting, digital photo art, video, installation and working with found objects. Tracing young queerness in memorial objects, Molitor digitally re-works childhood photographs of herself and others and builds sculptures and film-sets out of toys. As homonym she works as a VJ with moving images / Live A/V, and is a member of the feminist VJ-collective Trial and Theresa.
Invested in the queer relationality between artists, spectators and art works, her paintings, live-video works and installations explore the im/possibility of immersion into color or ‘becoming’ the material one works with. Interested in when we see a painting, her recent project “found paintings” uses digital photographs of grounds and surfaces and subjects them to further digitizing techniques until the anticipated painting emerges. This is followed by transferring the paintings onto archival paper or canvas via pigment-ink based printing.
Exhibitions include “Lesbisches Sehen“, Schwules Museum, Berlin (2018); Queer Arts Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2016); “Deep Trash from Outer Space” by CUNTemporary, Bethnel Green Working Men’s Club, London, UK (2016); and “Queer: Post-sexual – The Box Re-examined“, 15th FRINGE! Queer film and arts festival, London, UK (2015).
She holds a PhD (2020) from the department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Emory University, USA, where she wrote her dissertation “Chrononauts in Chromotopia: Toward an Erotics of Abstract Painting’s Materiality in the Works of Lynda Benglis and Katharina Grosse.“
Molitor’s essays on contemporary art and queer film have appeared in CURA, Sleek, taz, Missy magazine, and Sissy. In 2015, she worked as a research and curatorial assistant for the joint exhibition Homosexualität_en / Homosexuality_ies at the German Historical Museum and Schwules Museum*, Berlin.