Ellen Nolan is a lens-based artist, researcher and lecturer from London. Nolan’s practice explores hidden feminine histories, gender, experience and representation. Her current work uses innovative archival practice, re-enactment and performance photography to consider historical and cultural change, aligning new 1930’s Hollywood archival evidence and hidden history, with contemporary re-enactment to reframe our understanding of then and now.
Nolan holds a BA (Hons) degree in Photography from Nottingham Trent University, and an MFA degree in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, London. Nolan has held permanent lecturing posts at UCA (Farnham), UCA (Rochester) and is currently lecturing at Ravensbourne University London. Nolan is a PhD researcher at University of Westminster, and a member of CREAM research group.
Nolan has exhibited selected works in, The Photographers Gallery, Four Corners Gallery, The Arles Photography Festival, The Houses of Parliament (#209 Women), Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and The National Portrait Gallery, London, where five of her works are held in their collection. Nolan has given academic papers on the Nita Harvey Archive at The Courtauld Institute, The Institute of Art History (Zageb), Chelsea College of Art & Design and London College of Communication.