Michelle Sommer

(this page was last updated in March 2022)

Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Member of the PIPA Prize Nominating Committee 2017, 2019 and 2022

Michelle Farias Sommer is a researcher and a writer and works as a professor, curator and visual arts critic. Currently she is a postdoctoral fellow in Visual Languages at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a focus on Latin American contemporary cultures. She holds a PhD in History, Theory and Art Criticism and was a visiting researcher at the University of the Arts London / Central Saint Martins. She has a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the area of city, culture and politics and is also an architect. In 2017 she was co-curator of the exhibition ‘Mário Pedrosa: on the affective nature of form’, at the Reina Sofia Museum, in Madrid: the exhibition won the Award in Curatorship by the ABCA (Brazilian Association of Art Critics) in 2018 where she has been a member since this year. She has written and organized several books and regularly contributes as an art critic to national and international publications and visual arts projects in different formats.

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