Tack! Installation by Cem A. at HDK-Valand

Cem A.

The site-specific installation titled "Tack!" builds on Cem A.'s on-going interest in linguistic landscape in art institutions. It focuses on the abundance of laminated signs that can be observed across the spaces of HDK-Valand. It questions the hegemony of signs -laminated signs in particular- within the context of educational institution. Rather than countering their existence, the intervention satirises the signs by echoing the power that is encapsulated in the process of lamination.


Cem A.

Cem A. is an artist and curator with a background in anthropology. He is known for running the art meme page @freeze_magazine. Since its inception in 2019, @freeze_magazine has become a tool for creative collaborations between Cem and fellow artists, researchers and organisations. His memes explore topics such as survival and alienation in the art world, often through a hyper-reflexive lens.

Selected exhibitions include documenta fifteen, Kassel (2022) and solo exhibitions Hope You See Me as a Friend at Barbican Centre, London (2022); Pleased to Announce… at Versus Art Project, Istanbul (2022) and The Party at Weserhalle, Berlin (2021). He has held lectures at HeK Haus der Elektronischen Künste, Basel; Universität der Künste, Berlin; Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins, London. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Art Newspaper and Dazed Magazine.