Sofia M. Ciel  is a philosopher and an independent researcher, curator, and art critic. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and works across the fields of visual culture, feminist art history, contemporary French thought, Norwegian contemporary art, and environmental humanities. She publishes in various art magazines (Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk, Hyperallergic, etc.). Ciel is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA Norway), International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT) and The Norwegian Critics’ Association (Norsk kritikerlag). She lives in Oslo, Norway.

Sofia M. Ciel (full name Sofia Maia Ciel / born Zofia Maria Cielatkowska) is an independent researcher, art critic, philosopher, and curator. She works across the fields of visual culture, feminist art history, contemporary French thought, Norwegian art, and environmental humanities. She regularly collaborates with various periodicals, magazines, and newspapers (Billedkunst, Kunstkritikk, Hyperallergic, etc.).  She holds a Ph. D. from the Faculty of philosophy (Jagiellonian University, 2013). Her doctoral thesis dealt with performance and subjectivity (“Embodiment of the Subject: Philosophy and Performance within the Context of Contemporary Critique of Culture”). She is a graduate of Philosophy (Jagiellonian University, 2006), Curatorial Studies (Art History, Jagiellonian University, 2008), and Editorial Studies (University of Warsaw, 2010)

In 2010, she received a scholarship from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (Department of Visual Studies). She taught philosophy courses at Jagiellonian University during her doctoral studies and she was Assistant Professor at the Academy of Art in Szczecin from 2014-16 (where she thought Theory of Photography, Theory of Film, and Culture Studies).

She is a member of The Norwegian Critics’ Association (Norsk kritikerlag), International Association of Art Critics – AICA (AICA Noway), and an affiliated researcher at The French Civilisation Centre (Centre de civilisation française de l’Université de Varsovie). She gained her professional experience working in such cultural institutions as Aberystwyth Art Centre (Aberystwyth, Wales), Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw, Poland) and National Audiovisual Institute (Warsaw, Poland).

RESEARCH issues/areas;
/ Mechanisms of Power, Real and Symbolic Violence, Post (Neo) Colonialism, and Decolonization
/ Privileges, Exclusions, Marginalizations, Contexts of Racism
/ Social Contexts in Visual Arts, Theatre, Performance and Philosophy
/ Photography
/ Environmental Humanities
/ African-American Representation in Visual Arts (with Special Emphasis on Photography Between XIX/XX Century)
/ French Philosophy (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu)
/ Art in Public Space
/ Women’s Rights/Gender/Feminism/Sexuality


/ Art Writing Residency Shine on Critique, August 2022, Helsinki, Finland 
/ Curatorial Residency in Timisoara, Art Encounters Foundation (November/December 2018) >>> research/project
/ IECES / anti-symposium 2018, Uddebo, Sweden (19-22 July, 2018) – link>>
/ Art Writing Residency – Contemporary Art Stavanger – CAS, Norway (May/June, 2018) – link>>

Link to the interview I talk more about my research and interests.

Opera Long 2

photo: Åsmund Lahaug, 2019