(this page was last updated in February 2019)
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
PIPA 2017 and 2019 Nominating Committee member
Michelle Sommer holds a PhD in History, Theory and Criticism of Art by PPGA/UFRGS, with a joint PhD scholarship by University of Arts London/ Central Saint Martins in Exhibition Studies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning by PROPUR/UFRGS in “city, culture and politics” area and architecture and urbanist by PUCRS. Sommer is the author of the book ‘Práticas Contemporâneas do Mover-se’ (2015), which had received the public award of Rumos Itaú Cultural 2013-2014, and ‘Territorialidade Negra: a herança africana em Porto Alegre, uma abordagem sócio-espacial’ (2011), which received the public award of Fumproarte. In 2016, Sommer was a resident curator at the Museo Experimental del Eco, at the Universidade Autônoma do México (UNAM), as a result of an award for an international residency by the Cultural Centre of Sao Paulo. In 2017 she co-curated the exhibition ?Mario Pedrosa: de la natureza affective de la forma? at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, there she obtained a prize for her curatorial work by the ABCA (Brazilian Association of Art Critics) in 2018. Has a post-doctorate degree in Art History & Criticism by EBA/PPGAV/UFRJ. Regularly contributes to national and international publications, and visual arts projects in different formats. Sommer is a professor, researcher, critic and curator of the visual arts.