Ruchama Noorda


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Ruchama Noorda (Leiden, 1979) studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Since 2009 Noorda works on her ReForm research at the PhDArts at the University of Leiden, which focuses on the influence of the early 20th century Lebensreform (Life Reform) movement. In her practice Noorda recycles elements of Reform practices such as dance, diet and ritual practices in performance and installation works that both engage and challenge contemporary communitarian and counter-cultural aspirations, practices and beliefs. By highlighting the mystical and magical elements within the Reform tradition along with other undigested and ‘irrational’ material her works perform a séance-function- excavating, the repressed and buried histories within the Modern. Noorda has exhibited in many group shows and solo exhibitions including Museum De Lakenhal, Museum Het Domein, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, High Desert Test Sites, Stadthausgalerie Münster and W139.