Carlos Kong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology and an affiliate of the Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies. His dissertation examines queer performances of migration in postwar and contemporary German and (German-)Turkish art, literature, and film.
He researches across 20th-century art, literature, film, and critical theory—with a focus on Germany—as well as contemporary art and culture from Western and East-Central Europe through Turkey, the Mediterranean, and the Arab world. His interests include relations of art with language, literature, and critical thought; photography, film, performance, and media; gender, sexuality, and queer culture; practices of translation; exile and migration; questions of urban space; global Cold War, postcolonial, and post-socialist cultures; and contemporary discourses of aesthetics and politics, art criticism, and curatorial practice.
Carlos studied Comparative Literature, History of Art, and Classics at Cornell University. He pursued graduate coursework in German Literature at Universität Heidelberg and in Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, as well as an MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art as recipient of the Michael G. Wilson Scholarship for the History of Photography.
As a writer and art critic, Carlos has contributed to Flash Art International, Camera Austria, EIKON, Migrant Journal, and various artist-run publications. He has collaborated on exhibitions, catalogues, and events at the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Independent Curators International, Bodega Gallery, Université Paris-Diderot, among others. He was a visiting writer at B7L9 Art Station (Tunis) and critic in residence at das weisse haus and EIKON Magazine of Photography and Media Art (Vienna). In 2019, he was nominated for the C/O Berlin Talent Award for Art Criticism.