Carlos Kong is a joint-Ph.D. candidate in Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and in Film Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. His dissertation, Postmigrant Fabulation, examines archives and afterlives of Turkish German migration in contemporary art and film.
His research focuses on contemporary art, literature, and film from Europe through the SWANA region, particularly Germany and Turkey as well as (post)migrant and minority art practices in German-speaking Europe. His interests include migration and geopolitics; gender and queer culture; language and translation; memory politics and the archive; afterlives of socialism and colonialism; photography, performance, and artists’ films; art criticism and curatorial practice.
He studied German, Comparative Literature, Art History, and Film and Media Studies in New York, Heidelberg, and London. His research has been supported by Fulbright, DAAD, and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. He is a member of the research network “Widerständige Praxen. Postmigration in Literatur, Medien und Sprache der Gegenwart” at the Institut für Germanistik, Universität Hamburg, and contributed to its edited volume Kleine Formen – widerständige Formen? Postmigration Intermedial (Verlag Königshausen & Neumann).
His art criticism and essays have been published by Texte zur Kunst, Frieze, Flash Art, Camera Austria, Archive Books, Film Quarterly, ArtAsiaPacific, Migrant Journal, as well as in various books and catalogues accompanying exhibitions, for instance, at C/O Berlin, nGbK Berlin, Kunstverein Göttingen, and NiMAC Cyprus. He has contributed to curatorial programs at Soura Film Festival, D21 Kunstraum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Moderna Galerija, Independent Curators International, and Mishkin Gallery. He was a visiting writer at b7l9 Art Station in Tunis and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Bucharest.