About

About:
Cana Bilir-Meier born in Munich, living and working in Munich and Vienna. Studied Art Education and Art/Digital Media at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She works with film, digital media, video and video installation. She writes texts in the art contexts and worked as a teacher in schools and she was invited as a guest lecturer to different universities as Academy of Media Arts Cologne and Linz Art University. She was a grantee of the austrian sholarship „kültür gemma!“ which is a project to promote city culture in Vienna as well as migrant art and cultural production and in 2016 she won the Birgit Jürgenssen Award for her work.
Her artistic and political approach focuses on the tension between critical representations of migration, biography_ies, archives and politics of remembering. In her cinematic, artistic and text-based works she deliberately uses strategies of the fragmentary and the incomplete to reveal the construction_s of biography_ies and (hi)story_ies.

Teaching | Talks | Guestlectures:
Haus der Kulturen der Welt/ HKW, Artistic Research Project, Berlin 2016-2018
Academy  Fine Arts Weißensee, foundationclass, Berlin 2017
Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Guestlecture, Leipzig 2017
University of Cologne, Teaching at the Departement for Art & Aesthetics, Cologne 2016
Academy of Media Arts, Guestlecture, Cologne 2016
University of Art and Design, Guestlecture, Linz 2016
Academy of the Arts of the World, Youth Academy, Guestlecture, Cologne 2016

Curatorial:
Short Film Selection Committee Kasseler DokFestival, Kassel/Germany 2016-2017
UNDOX, International Festival of Innovative Documentary, Vienna, 2017

Awards:
Birgit Jürgenssen Award 2016
Honorary Prize for Diploma works at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 2015
Sholarship kültür gemma! 2015
Hubert Sielecki Poetry Film Award 2015
Innovative Film Award Youki 2015
Nominated for the German Film Critic Award at Berlinale Film Festival 2014
Scholarship 2013/2012, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Publication:
„Notizen zu Semra Ertan“. In: Frauen und Film, Nr. 67: Migration. Berlin 2016
„Duvar. Dergisi“. In: Tebrikler. Istanbul 2016
„Nachdenken über das Archiv. Notizen zu Ses Alma Rehberi“. In: Stimme. Zeitschrift der Initiative Minderheiten,
Nr. 96/2015: Menschenrechte. Editor Gamze Ongan, Wien.
„Nachdenken über das Archiv. Notizen zu Semra Ertan [2013]“. In: Stimme. Zeitschrift der Initiative Minderheiten,
Nr. 94/2015: Ins Bild gerückt. Interventionen gegen die dominante Bildpolitik. Editor Gamze
Ongan, Wien.
„Off-White Tulips (Kırık Beyaz Laleler): A Short Film by Aykan Safoğlu (2013)“, mit Madeleine Bernstorff. In:
Pink Labour on Golden Streets. Queer Arts Practices. Christiane Erharter, Dietmar Schwärzler, Ruby Sircar,
Hans Scheirl (Eds.). Sternberg Press, Berlin 2015

Exhibitions/Screenings/Performances:

The Society of Friends of Halit invites: SPOTS documenta14 Publilc Programs, Kassel, 01.09.2017
http://www.documenta14.de
Tensta konsthall, Classroom, Stockholm, 5.7–24.9 2017
www.tenstakonsthall.se

Ö1 Radio, Audiopiece and Talk at Austrian Radio Ö1, 27.08.-03.09.2017
http://oe1.orf.at/
Kunsthalle Wien, ‚How To Live Together‘, Vienna, 25.05.-15.10.2017,
http://kunsthallewien.at
Diagonale Festival des österreichischen Films, Graz, 28.03.-02.04.17,
http://www.diagonale.at
Filmschau & IM GESPRÄCH, Ort: Medienkulturhaus Wels  24. 3. 17,
https://www.programmkinowels.at
Benim Adım Yabancı, Solo Exhibition, MARSistanbul, Istanbul, 03.02–25.02.2017,
http://mars-istanbul.com/
Ein anderes Land // Bir baska ülke, Group Exhibition, Vienna, 09.12.2016-21.01.2017,
http://www.vbkoe.org/
Search form, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Group Exhibition, 10.11-17.12.2016, Vienna,
http://www.wuk.at/event/id/18546
Performative Lecture with belit sag, WUK Kunsthalle Exngergasse, Vienna 2016
http://www.wuk.at/event/id/18546
Festival The Aesthetics of Resistance – Peter Weiss 100, 3.10.2016, Arsenal Berlin,
http://hebbel-am-ufer.de
AAA, ASSES AFFECTS ARCHIVES, VBKÖ,  16.09.16 – 22.11.16, Vienna,
http://www.vbkoe.org
Curated by_Cinema, Christine König Galerie, 09.09-15.10.2016, Vienna,
http://www.christinekoeniggalerie.com
Putting Rehearsals to the Test, curated by Constaze Ruhm, Sabeth Buchmann, Ilse Lafer, Centre VOX, 1.09-28.11.2016, Montreal,
http://www.centrevox.ca/en
39. Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez, Turkish Experimental  FOL, 19.-27.08.16, Douarnenez/France,
http://www.festival-douarnenez.com/fr
Junge Akademie der Künste der Welt, Kindly Disinvited, 22.-31.07.16, Cologne,
https://www.academycologne.org
Kunstraum Niederösterreich, curated by Claudia Slanar, Screening 05.07.16 Vienna,
http://www.kunstraum.net/de
Anti*Colonial Fantasies, Group Exhibition Friday Exit 20th – 28th May Vienna,
http://www.fridayexit.at/
Ariel Sanat Gallery, Group Exhibition 12.05.2016 together with Deniz Gül and Seçil Yersel, Istanbul,
http://www.arielsanat.com/tr
Moment. Movement, Academy Fine Arts Vienna 10.- 13.05.16, Gezi – before/after  2013-2016, Vienna
https://www.akbild.ac.at/Portal/institute/
Ankara International Filmfestival, Experimental Film Section, May 2016, Ankara,
http://www.filmfestankara.org.tr/en/
Birgit Jürgenssen Award, Solo-Exhibition Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 13.-17.04.2016, Vienna,
https://www.akbild.ac.at/birgit-juergenssen
Austrian American Short Film Festival, Austrian Cultural Forum, 27.-30.04.16 New York,
http://austrianamericanshortfilmfestival.org
Capitalist Anger (on Screen), mumok kino, 06. April 2016, Vienna,
https://www.mumok.at/en/events/capitalist-anger
Filmfestival B-Movies Fatales 2016, Hamburg,
https://www.b-movie.de/program
Diagonale, Festival for Austrian Film 8.-13.03.2016, Graz,
http://www.diagonale.at/
Guest Lecturer: Contemplating the Archive. Notes to Ses Alma Rehberi, Invited by Ulf Aminde, 25.02.2016, Akademie der Künste der Welt / Köln
https://www.academycologne.org
Screening at Urban Research on Filmfestival, 21.02.2016, Berlin,
http://urban-research.eu
DanubeVIDEOARTfestival, 19.02.-21.02.2016, Stadtkino Grein,
http://www.dvaf.at/
kültüř gemma! SHOWCASE, 22.01.2016, TQ Tanzquartier Vienna,
http://www.tqw.at/de/events/
Stuttgarter Filmwinter, „Köpfe die sich selbständig machen“  Curated by Madeleine Bernstorff. Semra Ertan at 17. 01. 2016 in Stuttgart,
http://www.filmwinter.de/
Describe Me An Image Part I&II, Curated Shortfilm Programm by Cana Bilir-Meier, Burak Cevik, Necati Sönmez, Gizem Bayiksel. 23.-24.01.2016, Place: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna,
http://pages.akbild.ac.at/kdm
Film-Lecture-Peformance at Mumok Vienna with Prolog Yorgun Savaşçı 28229/2, Vienna,
https://www.mumok.at/de/events/youve-seen-me-1
Cinema Talk/Sinema Konusmalari IV with Fol Masa, 21.12.2015. Ariel Sanat Istanbul,
http://www.arielsanat.com/tr
Ulu Orta İmaj: Bir Portre, uluslararası alanda çeşitli ödüller almış 10 Avusturyalı kadın yönetmenin filmlerinden oluşan bir seçkidir. // Staging the Film Image: A Portrait by 10 Austrian women director. 20.01.2015, Curated by Cana Bilir-Meier, Istanbul,
https://www.facebook.com/events/1503153013314521
Text in  „Pink Labor on Golden Streets. Queer Art Practices“  Bd. 17, Hg. Christiane Erharter, Dietmar Schwärzler, Ruby Sircar, Hans Scheirl. Text zusammen geschrieben mit Madeleine Bernstorff.
http://www.sternberg-press.com
Text in ‚Stimmen‘, Nr.96/ Herbst 2015, Initiative für Minderheiten/ Initiative for minorties, Vienna, Herausgeberin/Editor: Gamze Ongan.
http://minderheiten.at
World premiere of the film ‚A room with images of provinces/ Ein Raum mit Bildern von Provinzen‘ (2015) at the Kasseler Documentary Film and Video Festival November 2015,
http://www.kasselerdokfest.de
‚Semra Ertan‘ is represented at one of the well-known film magazine in Turkey called ‚Altyazı Aylık Sinema Dergisi‘ October 2015,
http://www.altyazi.net/ayinkisasi/semra-ertan/
Altyazı Aylık Sinema Dergisi Ekim sayısında Semra Ertan isimli kısa filmim hakkında bir makale yayımlandı. Ayrıca www.altyazi.net adresinde Ayın Kısası bölümünde hem bu makaleyi online olarak okuyabilir hem de filmimin türkçe altyazılı versiyonunu izleyebilirsiniz.
http://www.altyazi.net/ayinkisasi/semra-ertan/
Muestra de cine experimental de Turquía, acasadelcine.mx, 2015, curated Burak Çevik.MEXICO CITY,
http://lacasadelcine.mx/muestra-de-cine-experimental-de-turquia/
Frauen und Film/ Woman and Film: Migration Heft 67/ 2015,
http://www.frauenundfilm.de 
„V/Erkennungsdienste“ des deutschen Ausländerdiskurses und die Perspektive der Migration by Nanna Heidenreich, Cover by Cana Bilir-Meier, August 2015
http://www.transcript-verlag.de/
Film-Lecture-Peformance at Interantional Migration Conference together with Elke Krasny and Ela Kacel about Gender and Migration, Luxembourg 2015,
http://www.cdmh.lu/resources/pdf/
Sholarship kültür gemma! for one year 2015/16,
www.kuelturgemma.at, https://www.facebook.com/kueltuergemma
19. May, 19:00 | Hubert Sielecki Preis/ Award Stadtkino at the Künstlerhaus, Vienna/Austria
http://www.hubert-sielecki.at/
Art Space One, curated by Lior Shamriz, Seoul,
http://www.artspaceone.org/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/929134010440204/
23.- 31.May | VIDEOEX Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich/Switzerland
http://www.videoex.ch/ Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/videoex.festival?fref=ts