Short Artist Bio 

Christel Elver Pilkaer (b. 1988, Denmark) is a visual artist working with photography based in Aarhus, Denmark. In July 2019, Christel Elver earned a master’s degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London and they have a bachelor’s degree  in BA Dramaturgy from Aarhus University, 2014. Between their two degrees, they studied photography both in Denmark and Iceland.

Christel Elver’s photographic practice is a form of expanding and embodied portraiture with a focus on memory, identity, mythology, and contemporary social and political issues and how photography can represent and visualize these issues. In their projects, Christel Elver uses an eclectic mixture of both traditional analog portraiture and documentary photography with more alternative and abstract photographic processes and techniques. Their projects are rooted in storytelling, staging, and perception devising a liminal space between the abstract and the figurative.


Master in Fine Art Photography: MA Photography, 2017-2019, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Bachelor in Dramaturgy:  BA in Dramaturgy, 2010-2014, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Education in Creative Photography: BA in photography - first-year, 2015-2016, Ljosmyndaskolinn, Iceland

Diploma course at Engelsholm Højskole (photography): College (Danish Højskole), 2015, Engelsholm Højskole, Denmark

Diploma course at Krabbesholm Højskole (fine art): College (Danish Højskole), 2009, Krabbesholm Højskole, Denmark


A New Gaze 4 -  Vontobel Contemporary Photography Prize 2023-24 (Nominee)

4th cycle artist for Parallel - European Photo Based Platform 2021

2nd cycle artist for Parallel - European Photo Based Platform 2018-19

Finalist for the European Photography Award 2018

Shortlisted for the ReachOutRCA - Durham Wharf Award 2018


Konst i Halland, Varberg, Sweden, 2021 

Sail Britain, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK, 2018

Group Shows


Transformations II, Mellemrummet, Godsbanen, Aarhus, DK (Upcoming in July-August)

Transformations I, Holme Kunsthal, Aarhus, DK (Upcoming in May-June)

negative spaces, Se! udstilling- og projektrum, Aarhus, DK (April)


Decemberudstilling, Kubus Alba, Aarhus, DK


Parallel 4th cycle, Arles Photo Festival, Arles, France (cancelled due to corona)


After School - Collective Stategies -, Lewisham Arthouse, London, UK

Parallel Intersection Budapest  - second cycle artists, Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Hungary, Budapest

MA Photography Degree Show - Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK

em <BODY>ment - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK

SCREWED, Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK


Femininity - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK

Ed. 01 - PPS (Photography Project Space), Royal College of Art, Battersea, London, UK

Sailing on a plastic Sea, Sail Britains Coastline Project, at St Katharine Docks, London, UK

6 Academies - European Photography Award, at Unseen Photo,  Amsterdam, Netherlands

Parallel Intersection Zagreb - second cycle artists, at Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia

Family of No Man, Cosmos Arles Books, Les Recontres d'Arles, Arles, France

WIP Show - RCA, The Royal College of Art, London, UK


Steypa Exhibition, Ólafsvík, Iceland


T O M R U M (Eng. E M P T Y   S P A C E S), by Christel Pilkaer Thomsen, white_crystal Publications, 2018

Everything else

Board member Materielgården Kunstnerværkstederne, Aarhus, DK, 2020-ongoing

Member of Billedkunstnernes Forbund, DK , 2019-ongoing

Art guide and educator, Museum Jorn, Silkeborg, DK, 2020-2022

Using Format