Born 1990 in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Lives and works in Berlin.
|2012-2018||MA Fine Arts, Universität der Künste, Berlin|
|2009-2011||BA Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins, London|
|2021||Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin (upcoming)|
|2020||Scholarship, Goethe Institut Studio Banks, Tel-Aviv|
|2019||Junge Akademie 2019–20, Akademie der Künste, Berlin|
|2020||Alfred Döblin-Medaille 2020|
|2019||ars viva Prize 2020|
Group Exhibitions, Performances and Film festivals
|2021||Arbeit am Gedächtnis – Transforming Archives, Akademie der Künste, Berlin|
|2020||STUDIO BERLIN, Berghain, Berlin|
|Laboratory of Contested Space / Art & Truthtelling, Akademie der Künste Berlin|
|ars viva 2020, Kunstverein, Hamburg|
|Where the Story Unfolds, Akademie der Künste, Berlin|
|2019||Tell me about yesterday tomorrow, NS-Dokumentationszentrum München|
|ars viva 2020, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig|
|Kurdisches Filmfestival, Babylon Cinema, Berlin|
|2017||Die Kant, Uferstudios, Berlin|
|2020||ALLE HUNDE STERBEN, novel, Aufbau Verlag, Berlin|
|2019||TAXI, novel, Korbinian Verlag, Berlin|
|2018||Taxi 1, Das Wetter – Magazin für Text und Musik, Berlin|
|This Image, Das Wetter – Magazin für Text und Musik, Berlin|
Cemile Sahin's artistic practice operates between film, photography, sculpture, and literature. Freely deploying different media, without privileging one or the other, her work embodies today's synchronicity of image- and text-based communications. Integrating images into her books and text in her image-world, Sahin moves with extraordinary agility between words and pictures, between still and moving image, between text as form, sign, and symbol. Deliberately elliptical and fragmentary, her work's narrative strategies draw on an episodic format of narration established by contemporary TV series and internet videos. In her practice, Sahin acknowledges the subjectiveness and codedness of all storytelling, and its instrumentalization by the media. Her works find a giddy rhythm in the knowing use of the dynamics of these processes, sweeping away her spectators to unexpected, and sometimes uncomfortable realizations, among them that the writing of history is, and always has been, determined by constantly shifting perspectives.
Her debut novel TAXI was published in 2019, followed by her book ALLE HUNDE STERBEN in 2020, both of which are integral components of her artistic practice.