Zoltán Kékesi (b. 1976, Budapest) is a writer and cultural researcher. He has been a faculty member at the Department of Art Theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Fine Arts, Budapest since 2009. In 2017, he was a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow, at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. In 2016 he held a visiting fellowship at the Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig. In 2014 and 2015 he was a Prins Foundation senior research fellow at the Center for Jewish History, New York City. In 2010, 2012, and 2013 he was guest lecturer in the masters program in Cultures and Literatures of Central and Eastern Europe at Humboldt University, Berlin. He was a DAAD research fellow at Humboldt University in 2005 and 2011, and an ÖAD research fellow at the University of Vienna in 2007 and 2013. He obtained his PhD in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies from Eötvös-Loránd University, Budapest, where he worked as a research scholar from 2006 to 2011. His most recent book is Agents of Liberation: Holocaust Memory in Contemporary Art and Documentary Film, featuring case studies on German, Polish, and Israeli artists (Hungarian edition 2012, English edition 2015). His current research investigates the visual and cultural history of modern anti-Semitism and the radical right with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

Recently published:

Transpositions. Jews, Roma, and Other Aliens in the Radical-Right Culture in Hungary, in Border Thinking. Edited by Marina Gržinić, Berlin / New York, Sternberg Press, 2017, 190–202.

Associated Finds / Együttes előkerülés / Vergesellschaftete Funde, in Szabolcs KissPál: From Fake Mountains to Faith. Berlin / Oldenburg, Revolver / Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, 2017, 24-35, 225- 228.

A felszabadulás ügynökei. Clemens von Wedemeyer: Muster, in A tanúsítás bizonyosságai, szerk. Pongrácz Tibor és Valastyán Tamás, Debreceni Egyetemi Kiadó / Líceum Kiadó, Eger, 2017, 229-246.


photo: USHMM, 2017