Carlos Kong

Modern and Contemporary


Carlos Kong researches across postwar and contemporary art, literature, and film from Europe through the Middle East, with a focus on Germany and its migratory contexts. His dissertation examines queer performances of migration in Turkish-German art and film after 1989.

His broader interests consider 20th and 21st-century art, film, literature, and critical theory in relation to migration and exile; gender and queer theory; translation theory and practice; German and world literature and cinema; culture under/after state socialism (esp. the GDR); urban and spatial politics; photographic, documentary, and archival practices; experimental writing and curating.

He studied comparative literature, German, and art history at Cornell University, Universität Heidelberg, and the University of London. In 2021, he was a Fulbright scholar in Germany, affiliated with the Institute for Film, Theater, Media and Cultural Studies at Universität Mainz.

Kong is a correspondent for Flash Art, and his writing has been published by C/O Berlin, NiMAC (Cyprus), Spike Art Magazine, Camera Austria, Migrant Journal, among others. He has curated programs in collaboration with HKW Berlin, Independent Curators International, Moderna Galerija, and Mishkin Gallery. He was a visiting writer at b7l9 Art Station/Kamel Lazaar Foundation in Tunis (2019) and critic in residence at das weisse haus and EIKON Magazine in Vienna (2018).