Sofia Steinvorth

Quoting name: Sofia Steinvorth
Professional Category: PhD Candidate (IHA/FCT scholarship)
PhD project: Place Holders: Artistic, Curatorial and Institutional Socio-Spatial Practices of Radical Democracy in Three Latin American Global Cities – Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo
Advisor: Margarida Brito Alves, IHA-NOVA FCSH/IN2PAST
Position(s) within IHA: RG Member [Contemporary Art Studies]
Thematic areas: Curatorship, Socially engaged art, Global cities, Radical democracy, Post-representation
CIÊNCIA ID: 3F16-40CB-33E8



Sofía Ana Elise Steinvorth is a German-Costa Rican writer, researcher and curator based in Lisbon. With a background in Dance, Philosophy and Culture Studies (honors) her practice focuses mainly on human geography, identity politics and artistic practices that explore, reveal, and reshape the relations among people acknowledging the central role of situatedness and participation. Her latest research addressed visual arts organizations and their impact in their local context and art scene under the title: “Knowledge Production in Visual Arts Organizations – A Case Study on the Triangle Network”, addressing mediation, representation, and conviviality as key aspects of their working methodologies. Her PhD research focuses on Latin American global cities (Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo) from a curatorial perspective attentive to socially engaged artistic and curatorial projects that create radically democratic platforms for social engagement. Between 2017 and 2021 she was involved in the production of ELECTRA Magazine for the EDP Foundation, working closely with writers, scholars from various disciplines and artists alike. Sofía was one of the nine selected curators for the 2019/2020 edition of CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm under the theme “Socially Engaged Curating in Post-Democratic Times” in association with the Visible Project (Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, Italy). In collaboration with Carlota Mir and Sara Alberani she is currently co-editing “Propositions on Translocal Solidarity”

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RG – Research Group