Zofia Cielatkowska

I’m an independent researcher, art critic, philosopher, and curator. I work across the fields of visual culture, feminist art history, contemporary French thought, Norwegian art, and environmental humanities. I regularly collaborate with various periodicals, magazines, and newspapers (Kunstkritikk, Hyperallergic, TiqueArt, etc.).  I hold a Ph. D. from the Faculty of philosophy (Jagiellonian University, 2013). My doctoral thesis dealt with performance and subjectivity (“Embodiment of the Subject: Philosophy and Performance within the Context of Contemporary Critique of Culture”). I’m a graduate of Philosophy (Jagiellonian University, 2006), Curatorial Studies (Art History, Jagiellonian University, 2008), and Editorial Studies (University of Warsaw, 2010)

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

I am a member of The Norwegian Critics’ Association (Norsk kritikerlag), International Association of Art Critics – AICA (2017/2018 in the board), and an affiliated researcher at The French Civilisation Centre (Centre de civilisation française de l’Université de Varsovie). I gained my 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).

My interdisciplinary research covers such issues/areas as;
/ 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

I’m living in Oslo (Norway)

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

Opera Long 2

photo: Åsmund Lahaug, 2019