Sara R. Yazdani is an associate professor of art history and art theory at the Department of Art and Craft at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She is a research affiliate with the cluster of excellence “Matters of Activity: Image Space Material,” a special lecturer at the University of the Arts, London, and a curator and researcher of the collaborative research project Parallel Ecologies.

Her work is published in Art Journal, Afterimage, 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 ecology, the relationship between art, media, technologies, theories of the Anthropocene, and process philosophy. She is currently working on her first monograph, Self-Sufficiency and Becoming, a critical history of Wolfgang Tillmans’s oeuvre, and the reemergence of an ecological, processual approach to visual art.

In 2021 she was a postdoctoral fellow in Art History at the Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 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)
sara.r.yazdani at gmail.com