Katia Sowels is a PhD candidate in Art History at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Specialised in Surrealism, her research focuses on the history of “surrealist objects”, found or constructed by artists and poets, from diverted everyday objects, natural wonders, folk and primitive art. She is part of the SACRe doctoral school, engaging with artists, and following practice-based research and curatorial studies.

As a participant of the Brooks Fellowship Programme, hosted by Delfina Foundation and the Tate Modern, Katia will take part in a substantial research project investigating the internationalisation of Surrealism, with a particular interest for Surrealist activities in Central and South America, in the 1940s and 1950s.

Katia has recently contributed to the André Breton et l’art magique exhibition at the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern and Outsider Art. She is also currently co-curating the Exhibition André à Simone Breton at the École Normale Supérieure.

Residency programme

The Brooks International Fellowship

In partnership with



Collecting as Practice:
Season 2


Winter 2018


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