Short Artist Bio 

Christel Pilkaer Thomsen (b. 1988, Denmark) is a visual artist working with photography based in Aarhus, Denmark. In July 2019, Christel earned a master’s degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London and she has a bachelor’s degree  in BA Dramaturgy from Aarhus University, 2014. Between her two degrees, she studied photography both in Denmark and Iceland.

Christel’s photographic practice is a form of expanding and embodied portraiture with a focus on memory, identity, mythology, and 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.


Master in Fine Art Photography: MA Photography, 2017-2019, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Bachelor in Dramaturgy:  BA in Dramaturgy, 2010-2014, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Education in Creative Photography: BA in photography - first-year, 2015-2016, Ljosmyndaskolinn, Iceland

Diploma course at Engelsholm Højskole (photography): College (Danish Højskole), 2015, Engelsholm Højskole, Denmark

Diploma course at Oure Højskole (acting): College (Danish Højskole), 2014, Oure Højskole, Denmark

Diploma course at Krabbesholm Højskole (fine art): College (Danish Højskole), 2009, Krabbesholm Højskole, Denmark


4th cycle artist for Parallel - European Photo Based Platform 2021

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


Artist in residences at Konst i Halland, Varberg, Sweden, Sept. 2021 

Group Shows


Parallel 4th cycle, Arles Photo Festival, Arles, France (upcomig)


After School - Collective Stategies -, Lewisham Arthouse, London, UK,  2019

Parallel Intersection Budapest  - second cycle artists, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Hungary, Budapest, 2019

MA Photography Degree Show - Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, 2019

em <BODY>ment - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, 2019

SCREWED, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, 2019

Femininity - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, 2018


Ed. 01 - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK, 2018

Sailing on a plastic Sea, Sail Britains Coastline Project, at St Katharine Docks, London, UK, 2018

6 Academies - European Photography Award, at Unseen Photo,  Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2018

Parallel Intersection Zagreb - second cycle artists, at Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia, 2018

Family of No Man, Cosmos Arles Books, Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 2018

WIP Show - RCA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK, Jan. 2018


Steypa Exhibition, Ólafsvík, Iceland, June-Aug. 2016


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

Everything else

Art guide and educator, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, DK, 2020-ongoing

Board member Materielgården Kunstnerværkstederne, Aarhus, DK, 2020-ongoing

Member of Billedkunstnernes Forbund, DK , 2019-ongoing

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