Cem A. is an artist with a background in anthropology. He is known for running the art meme page @freeze_magazine and for his site-specific installations. His work explores topics such as survival and alienation in the art world, often through a hyper-reflexive lens and collaborative projects.

Cem A.’s selected solo exhibitions and installations include Louisiana Museum, Barbican Centre, Berlinische Galerie, and Museum Wiesbaden. His group exhibitions include documenta fifteen, Istanbul Modern, Mudam Luxembourg and Museum of Contemporary Art Skopje. He has held lectures at Royal College of Art London, Central Saint Martins, HEAD Geneva, HDK Valand and Universität der Künste Berlin.

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Works

Selected works


Solo Exhibitions and Installations

Joseph Beuys Says…, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 2024

I Like Art Market and Art Market Likes Me, Project Art Distribution, New York, 2023

Thank You for Your Understanding, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, 2023

Theory is My Friend, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, 2023

Tack!, Parse Journal, HDK Valand, Gothenburg, 2023

Pleased to announce…, Versus Art Project, Istanbul, 2022

Hope You See Me As a Friend, Barbican Centre, London, 2022

The Party, Weserhalle, Berlin, 2021


Selected Group Exhibitions

Timeless Curiosities, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, 2024

Seekult Festival, Friedrichshafen, 2023

After Laughter Comes Tears, MUDAM, Luxembourg, 2023

Karma Coma, Anna Laudel Gallery, Bodrum, 2023

FLUXUS S(I)EX TIES, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, 2023

Humor, Loved, Frowned Upon, Feared, Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon, 2023

Galeriefest, Grimmwelt Museum, Kassel, 2023

14. Biennial of Young Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, 2023

The Art of the Football Scarf, OOF Gallery, London, 2022

documenta fifteen, Kassel, 2022

IV. Peligros de la Amistad, CPU, Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires, 2021

Memennial 2020, Seattle; Dallas, 2020


Performances

2024

Crit Club with Kara Chin, Jitish Kallat, Wang Tuo and Steph Huang, Art Basel Hong Kong (forthcoming)

Crit Club with Kate Brown, Moshtari Hilal, Ahmet Öğüt and Abbas Zahedi, Trauma Bar, Berlin (forthcoming)

2023

Crit Club with Lucia Pietroiusti and Nora Sternfeld, commissioned by Het HEM, Zaandam

Crit Club with Renzo Martens and Karim Sultan, commissioned by Het HEM, Zaandam

Sticker Vendor Comes to Mudam, Mudam, Luxembourg

2022

Sticker Vendor Comes to Radio Alhara, documenta fifteen, Kassel

Sticker Vendor Comes to Gudskul, documenta fifteen, Kassel


Residencies and Institutional Collaborations

2023

Artistic Advisor, documenta Institut, Kassel

Artistic contributor, Post-Postmodernism: A Map for the Present, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Artistic Contributor, Islands of Kinship, Jindřich Chalupecký Society, Prague

Curator-in-residence, SEA Foundation, Tilburg

Artistic contributor, the sustainable institution, E-WERK Luckenwalde, Berlin (ongoing)

Resident at Practitioners Program, Parse Journal, Gothenburg

2022

Embedded Critic, The Future of Critique Conference, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn; Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Harvester for documenta fifteen, Kassel

Harvester for IHK Kassel, Kassel


Selected Talks, Lectures and Workshops

2024

Artist’s talk, Eaton, Hong Kong (forthcoming)

Artist’s talk, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong (forthcoming)

Workshop, Non-conference, ZKM, Karlsruhe (forthcoming)

Short course, HEAD Genève, Geneva

2023

Artist’s talk with Klaus Speidel, Crit Cross, Depot, Vienna

Workshop, Diversity Week, University of Kassel

Artist’s talk, Brand New Art, Kraków

Lecture, Pratt Institute, New York

Workshop with Frances Breden, Pop-Kultur Festival, Berlin

Panelist, Burn Out Symposium, E-WERK Luckenwalde, Berlin

Fluxus Goes Digital with @staedelschule_memes and Prof. Dr. Tilman Baumgärtel, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden

Lecture hosted by documenta Institute, University of Kassel

Lecture at Weak Signals. New Narratives in Art, Universität der Künste, Berlin

Artist’s talk with Kolja Reichert, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

Artist’s talk hosted by Rokolectiv Festival, Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest

Artist’s talk with Mateo Chacón Pino, Galeriefest, Grimmwelt Museum, Kassel

Artist’s talk, Art Market Society, Columbia University, New York

Artist’s talk with Sofia Asvestopoulos, The Article, Frankfurt

Panelist, Conversations: On the Form and Function of Meme Making, Art Basel Hong Kong, Hong Kong

In conversation with Dorian Batycka, UVNT Art Fair, Madrid

The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting in Art Museums, Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk

Artistic contribution to How be an an Artist?, convened by Frank Wasser, NCAD Gallery, Dublin

Meme making as Artistic Practice, in dialogue with Christina Tente and Daniel Jewesbury, HDK Valand, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Workshop series, HDK Valand, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Workshop in collaboration with Harley Aussoleil and Frances Breden, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel

Artist’s talk, Rhizome Office Hours, Rhizome, New York

2022

Lecture, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

Panelist, The Future of Critique Conference, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Artist’s talk  with Marijn Bril at Memes Beyond Images: Memetic Tacticality Conference, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam

Artistic  contribution to "A Live TV Broadcast" a series of live-edited TV programs for Offener KanalKassel, as part of Joen Vedel's contribution to documenta fifteen, Kassel

Workshop in collaboration with Harley Aussoleil and Frances Breden, documenta fifteen, Kassel

Workshop in collaboration with Harley Aussoleil and Frances Breden, HeK Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel

Lecture, Axis Graduate Programme, Wakefield

Artist's Talk, Stellwerk Gallery, Kassel

Workshop, University of Stuttgart, Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture, Stuttgart

Artistic contribution to The Crit, curated by Frank Wasser, Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford

Workshop with sobat-sobat, documenta fifteen, Kassel

Il Gazzettino, curated by Lukas Feireiss, Venice

Workshop, Barbican Centre, London

Short Course in collaboration with Abbas Zahedi, Royal College of Art, London

2021

Lecture, Universität der Künste, Berlin

Guest Lecture in Ahmet Öğüt’s seminar, Universität der Künste, Berlin

Short Course in collaboration with Abbas Zahedi, Royal College of Art, London

Guest Lecture, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London

Guest Lecture, Central Saint Martins, London


Selected Press

2024

Interview with Artnet, January

Visla Magazine, January

2023

TALK (Issue 4), published by Small Night Projects, December

Le Quotidien, October

Südkurier, October

Sanat Kritik, September

Sabah Newspaper, July

Vogue Turkey, July

ARTnews, July

Wiesbadener Kurier, June

Interview with Arts of the Working Class, June

Transbordeur Photographie, 2023

Design Press, May

Naked Snail Magazine, May

Monopol Magazin, May

Artnet, April

Evening Standard, April

IDOART.DK, March

Interview with Metropolis M, February / March Issue

Forever Magazine, February

Journal of Creative Pursuit, Issue 3, January

Studio Mercado, January

2022

Artnet, December

Sound of Life, December

L’Officiel Art, November

Art Review Oxford, Autumn

Journal der Künste, November

Interview with Arts of the Working Class, November

Critical Meme Reader #2, November

Simulacrum Magazine, Vol. 30

Interview with TRT World, September

Flash Art, September

Artnet, September

Vogue Turkey, September

PlumeMag, September

Artnet, September

Milliyet Sanat, August

Gatekeeper Magazine, July

Artnet, July

Artnet, June

Interview with Acik Radyo, June

Interview with Dazed, May

Interview with The Art Newspaper, May

Hyperallergic, April

ARTnews, April

Dazed, February

Concrete, February

Outcast Radio, January

émergent Magazine, Issue 7, January

Kunstforum, Issue 279, January

2021

Institute of Network Cultures, December

Artmagazin.hu, November

Petruse Entertainment, September

ARTE!Brasileiros, September

Artnews.lt, August

Interview with The Art Gorgeous, August

Interview with Gallerytalk.net, August

Interview with Monopol Magazin, July

OOF Magazine, June

COBO Social, May

XCity Magazine, May

Springback Magazine, May

Curator’s Radar Podcast, April (Spotify) (Apple)

Haaretz Newspaper, April

The Art Newspaper, April

The New York Times, March

Design Pataki, March

Curated Chatter Podcast, February (Spotify) (Apple)

The Art Newspaper, February

Hyperallergic, January

Artribune, January

Gallerytalk.net, 2020

Frieze Magazine, Issue 211, 2020

YACI, 2020


Publications

The Meme Kit

Published by Cem A. in collaboration with Meme Studies Research Network

Writing by Mira Calix, Naomi Falk and İdil Galip; editing by İdil Galip

Design by Ines Barbosa da Costa


Accessible at:

documenta Archiv, Kassel

Istanbul Modern Library, Istanbul

The Július Koller Society, Bratislava

Istanbul Modern, Istanbul

HEAD Genève, Geneva


Available to purchase at:

Buchhandlung Walther König, Berlin

Pro qm Buchhandlung, Berlin

Mudam, Luxembourg City

Printer Matter, Inc., New York