Short Artist Bio 

Christel Pilkaer Thomsen (b. 1988, Denmark) is a visual artist based in London. Currently, Christel is finishing her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art until ultimo July 2019. Previously, she graduated in BA Dramaturgy at Aarhus University, 2014 in Denmark and she has studied photography in both Denmark and Iceland. 


Christel’s photographic practice is a form of expanding and embodied portraiture with a focus on identity, memory, contemporary social and political issues and how photography can represent and visualize these issues. In her projects, Christel uses an eclectic mixture of both traditional analog portraiture and documentary photography with more alternative and abstract photographic processes and techniques. Her projects are rooted in storytelling, staging, and perception devising a liminal space between the abstract and the figurative.

Education

Master in Fine Art Photography: MA Photography, Oct. 2017 – July 2019, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Bachelor in Dramaturgy:  BA in Dramaturgy, Sept. 2010 – July 2014, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Education in Creative Photography: BA in photography - first-year, Aug. 2015 – June 2016, Ljosmyndaskolinn, Iceland

Course at Engelsholm Højskole (focus on photography, vj’ing, music, literature): College (Danish Højskole), Jan. 2015 – July 2015, Engelsholm Højskole, Denmark

Course at Oure Højskole (focus on acting): College (Danish Højskole), Nov. 2014 – Dec. 2014, Oure Højskole, Denmark

Course at Krabbesholm Højskole (focus on fine art): College (Danish Højskole), Jan. 2009 – June 2009, Krabbesholm Højskole, Denmark

Awards

2nd cycle artist for Parallel - European Photo Based Platform 2018-19

Finalist for the European Photography Award 2018

Shortlisted for the ReachOutRCA - Durham Wharf Award 2018

Group Shows

2019

After School - Collective Stategies - pic.london, Lewisham Arthouse, London, UK, Oct. 2019 (Upcoming)

Parallel Intersection Budapest  - second cycle artists, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Hungary, Budapest, Sept./Oct. 2019, (exhibiting segments from the ongoing project: ‘Tracing Entities'(Upcoming)

MA Photography Degree Show - Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, June/July 2019, (exhibiting segments from the ongoing project: ‘Tracing Entities - Aftermath of War’) (Upcoming)

em <BODY>ment - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, March. 2019,(exhibiting photographs from the series: ‘Tracing Entities - Aftermath of War)

SCREWED, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, March. 2019,(exhibiting the photographs: whole<>broken and exposed<>developed from ‘Tracing Entities - Aftermath of War )

Femininity - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, Nov. 2018,(exhibiting photographs from the series: ‘If there was someone to keep me at home - it would be you‘)

2018

Ed. 01 - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, Oct. 2018,(exhibiting photographs from the series: 'See the Sea - Invisible visibility')

Sailing on a plastic Sea, Sail Britains Coastline Project, at St Katharine Docks, London, UK, 0ct. 2018, (showing pictures from the series: 'See the Sea - Invisible visibility')

6 Academies - European Photography Award, at Unseen Photo, Amsterdam,  Netherlands, Sept. 2018, (showing pictures from the series: 'T O M R U M')

Parallel Intersection Zagreb - second cycle artists, at Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia, Sept. 2018, (showing pictures from the series: 'T O M R U M')

Family of No Man, Cosmos Arles Books, Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France, June-Sept. 2018, (showing pictures from the series: 'If there was someone to keep me at home - it would be you')

WIP Show - RCA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK, Jan. 2018, (showing the work: 'Face OFF - part one')

2016

Steypa Exhibition, Ólafsvík, Iceland, June-Aug. 2016, (showing the work: 'Cinematic Iceland')

Publications

T O M R U M (Eng. E M P T Y   S P A C E S), by Christel Pilkaer Thomsen, white_crystal Publications, 2018

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