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.