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.


Education

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


Awards

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


Group Shows

2021

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

2019

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

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

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’)

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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