Sara R. Yazdani is Associate Professor of Art History and Theory and Head of Theory MFA at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Her fields of research are modern and contemporary art and theory, with a particular focus on the relationship between art, media, and technologies, sensation, ecology, media aesthetics, and process philosophy. Her work is published in Art Journal, Afterimage, Art & Education, and various anthologies and exhibition catalogs on modern and contemporary art, and she has contributed to Artforum, Flash Art, Kunstkritikk, and Mousse Magazine. She is convener and director of the Norwegian Arts Council-supported art and research project Parallel Ecologies (2019–2022).

Yazdani holds a Ph.D. in art history and media aesthetics from the University of Oslo (2019). In 2020 she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Art and Visual History and the cluster of excellence Matters of Activity at Humboldt University, Berlin, and has taught at the University of Oslo, University of the Arts London, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and received fellowships from Media Aesthetics, University of Oslo, and the Norwegian Research Council. She is currently working on her first monograph on the work of Wolfgang Tillmans and the reemergence of ecological image thinking in visual art, and a research project on how ideas of the environment and sensation (perception) are explored in contemporary art of the 21st century called Sensing Bodies and Other Ecologies.

She is a member of the professional associations The Society of Art Historians in Sweden, the Art History Associate in Norway, and Kritikerlaget, the association for Norwegian critics. She lives and works in Oslo.


Sara R. Yazdani (b. 1984)
sara.yazdani at khio.no