Cem A. is an artist and curator with a background in digital art and anthropology. For documenta fifteen he harvests his experience through digital and situated memes. In addition to his work as curatorial assistant for documenta, he exhibits as an artist, publishes, and gives lectures and workshops.
He is known for running the art meme page @freeze_magazine on Instagram. Since its inception in 2019, @freeze_magazine has become a tool for artistic and curatorial collaborations between Cem and fellow artists, researchers, and organisations. His work explores topics such as survival and alienation in the art world, often through a hyper-reflexive lens.
His work has been featured in Kunstforum, The New York Times, The Art Newspaper and Monopol Magazin. Selected exhibitions include the solo exhibition Hope You See Me as a Friend at Barbican Centre, London (2022); The Party at Weserhalle, Berlin (2021); and IV. Peligros de la Amista at Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires (2021). He has held lectures at Universität der Künste, Berlin; Royal College of Art; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Central Saint Martins; and Barbican Centre, London.