Sara R. Yazdani is a Swedish-Iranian art historian and art critic. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oslo in 2019. She is currently a visiting scholar in art and visual history at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, affiliated with the Matters of Activity: Image Space Material. She is also a special lecturer at the University of the Arts, London, and a guest lecturer in art theory at the Oslo National Academy of the Fine Arts, Oslo.

Her work is published in Art Journal, Afterimage (forthcoming), Flash Art, Artforum International, Mousse Magazine, Kunstkritikk, Art & Education, Objektiv, and a number of anthologies and exhibition catalogues on modern and contemporary art.

Yazdani’s fields of research and teaching are modern and contemporary art with a particular focus on history and theory of photography, the relationship between art, media, technologies, theories of the Anthropocene, media ecologies, and process philosophy. She is currently working on her first monograph, Self-Sufficient Images, a critical history of Wolfgang Tillmans’s oeuvre, and the re-emergence of an ecological, processual approach to art photography.

In 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at Humboldt University, Berlin, in 2019 a research affiliate in Environmental Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, and between 2016 and 2019 she was co-leader of the research group Media Aesthetics at the University of Oslo.

Yazdani is a member of the research group Media Aesthetics at the University of Oslo and the research network Sensorium at Linköping University, Sweden. 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, Sweden)
sara.r.yazdani at gmail.com