Ruchama Noorda (Leiden 1979) is an artist who uses diverse media and materials in performances and installations. In 2002 her video piece “Annunciatie” “(Annunciation)” was acquired by the Museum het Domein in Sittard. In 2008 she installed ‘Statisch Vooruitgangsmonument’ (‘Static Monument to Progress’) in the Museum De Lakenhal’s Project Space in Leiden in which she combined selected works from the Museum’s De Stijl collection with her own work and items from the artist’s personal collection of Anthroposophical artifacts. The exhibition juxtaposed ideas of progress-through-design alongside occult elements within modernism to produce a space in which the desire for an all-encompassing ideology of transformation was materialized within a subjective historical framework.
In 2015 Noorda received a PhD degree from University of Leiden where she researched the impact across the arts and culture in Europe and the USA of the early 20th century Lebensreform (Life Reform) movement. In her practice Noorda recycles elements of Reform pedagogy, arts, crafts, 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 in ways that set out to complicate hard and fast distinctions between progressive and conservative social and artistic movements. In works such as “Asocialen-Private Prophesy [Diepenheim, 2012] this concern with first principles has led her to engage with basic materials like dirt and mud as she hosts transformative invented rituals in temporary structures built literally from the ground up.
Solo shows and performances have been hosted by De Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2015), Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam (2015), High Desert Test Sites, Wonder Valley (2014), Marres Maastricht (2013), Stadhausgalerie/Kunsthalle Münster (2013), Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (2012) Stedelijk Museum de Lakenhal, Leiden (2007) and Museum Het Domein, Sittard (2003).