Sabine Dahl Nielsen

Sabine Dahl Nielsen


Sabine Dahl Nielsen is a cultural studies theorist researching contemporary artistic and curatorial practices, with a special focus on radical democratic and postmigrant perspectives on art and culture.   


Dahl Nielsen holds a PhD in Moderne culture and cultural dissemination from the University of Copenhagen with the dissertation Art in Public Spaces: Conflicts and Negotiations as Critical Political Practices (2015). She was founder and co-editor of the photography journal Filter – for fotografi, and she is author of the book Det fotografiske rum (2011) and editor of the exhibition catalogue Art Incorporated: The Role of Art in Urban Development (2008). Her work on art in public spaces, radical democratic forms of participation and collective and collaborative artistic and curatorial practices have been published in journals such as Salon 55,PeriskopNordisk museologi, Nordic Journal of Cultural Policyand FKW//Zeitschrift für Geschlechterforschung und visuelle Kultur, as well as in anthologies including A Space Called Public (2013), Dansk Gadekunst(2014), Kunst, kultur og deltagelse (2018) andCuratorial Challenges (2019).


Dahl Nielsen is currently a postdoctoral researcher working on the collective research project Togetherness in Difference: Reimagining identities, communities and histories through art (2019-2022, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Grant holder: Professor Anne Ring Petersen). This project engages with the effects and affects produced by migration within the fields of art and curating and relates to Dahl Nielsen’s previous postdoc project entitled Transit: Mobility and Migration in the Age of Globalisation, which was conducted at KØS Museum of art in public spaces and AAU (2015-2018, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation). Transit: Mobility and Migration in the Age of Globalisationwas a practice based curatorial research project which resulted in the multi-sited exhibition Transit, which took place at KØS Museum of art in public spaces, The Exhibition Space Sydhavn Station and at a series of train stations along the S-train line E (2018-2019), an exhibition catalogue (2019) and a series of debates carried out in collaboration with the newspaper Information (2018-2019). 


Fields of interest:

  • Contemporary artistic and curatorial practices
  • The interrelations between globalisation, migration and culture
  • Radical democracy theory
  • Art in public spaces
  • Urban studies, in particular the relationship between art and the city

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