Erdem Taşdelen


Erdem Taşdelen (b. 1985, Ankara) is a Turkish-Canadian artist who currently lives and works in Toronto. His practice is rooted in conceptualism and involves a range of media including installation, video, sculpture, sound and artist books. His diverse projects bring self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours, where he often draws from unique historical narratives to address the complexities of current sociopolitical issues. Taşdelen's work has been shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, and reviewed in publications including Artforum, Flash Art, ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, Canadian Art and C Magazine. He was awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016, and the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists by the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2014.

2020 The Characters: Act II, AKA Artist Run Centre, Saskatoon SK (CA) - Curated by Tarin Dehod
2019 The Characters: Act I, Untitled Art Society, Calgary AB (CA) - Curated by Natasha Chaykowski
2018 The Curtain Sweeps Down, VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal QC (CA) - Curated by Marie J. Jean
2017 Wild Child & The Quantified Self Poems, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Nigel Prince & Shaun Dacey
2016 Postures in Protest, Jim Deva Plaza permanent public art installation commissioned by West End BIA, Vancouver BC (CA)
2016 A Vagrant Kind of Life, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Kate Bellringer
2015 Dear, Walter C. Koerner Library, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Lorna Brown
2014 A Petition of the Left Hand, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
2013 Tide, Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
2013 The Semi-Aware Subject, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
2012 What A Drag, 221A, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Brian McBay

2019 The Dream of the Library, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen (DE) - Curated by Eva Schmidt
2019 How Far Do You Travel?, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA) - Curated by Kimberly Phillips
2018 Transcultural Emancipation, Kunst im Fluc, Vienna (AT) - Curated by Ursula Maria Probst
2018 Alien Bodies, Modern Body Festival, The Hague (NL) - Curated by Stelios Manousakis & Stephanie Pan
2018 Vanishing Mediator, Evliyagil Museum, Ankara (TR) - Curated by Aylime Aslı Demir
2018 House of Wisdom, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham (UK) - Curated by Naz Cuguoğlu & Mine Kaplangı
2017 House of Wisdom, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (NL) - Curated by Naz Cuguoğlu & Mine Kaplangı
2017 House of Wisdom, Public Program for the 15th Istanbul Biennial, IKSV, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Naz Cuguoğlu & Mine Kaplangı
2017 Doublethink, Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Alistair Hicks
2017 It Is Almost That, Or Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Ines Min
2017 House of Wisdom, Dzialdov, Berlin (DE) - Curated by Naz Cuguoğlu & Mine Kaplangı
2016 Freundschaftsspiel, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE) - Curated by Christine Litz & Didem Yazıcı
2016 Meet Me by the Tree, Öktem & Aykut, Istanbul (TR)
2016 Future Queer, ARK Kültür, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu
2015 A Putting Down of Roots, Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg MB (CA) - Curated by Kegan McFadden
2015 In Search of Radical Incomplete, a Perfect Animal Within, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (XK) - Curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu
2015 Reunion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Erdağ Aksel & Selim Birsel
2014 Beside Yourself, AHVA Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Marina Roy
2014 Far Away So Close: Part I, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Kimberly Phillips
2014 Let Me Tell You This, Gallery 295, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jason Gowans & Michael Love

2014 Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Emerging Artist's Prize Exhibition, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
2013 Things Behind the Sun, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
2013 Here Comes, public artwork commissioned by Presentation House Gallery as part of Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jonah Gray
2013 Signs Taken in Wonder, Kunstverein Hannover (DE) - Curated by Simon Rees & Bärbel Vischer
2013 Draft Urbanism, Biennial of the Americas, Denver CO (USA) - Curated by Carson Chan
2013 Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (CH) - Curated by Dorothea Strauss
2013 Properties, Western Front, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jesse Birch
2013 Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK, Vienna (AT) - Curated by Simon Rees & Bärbel Vischer
2013 Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, ARTER, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Emre Baykal
2012 Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, Oakville Galleries, Oakville ON (CA) - Curated by Jon Davies
2012 Incremental Change, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
2012 Even The Stars Seem To Change Their Position, Sanatorium Projects, Istanbul (TR) (with Lyndl Hall) - Curated by Babak Golkar
2011 The Problem of Nothing, Hayaka Arti, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Derya Akay & Dilara Akay
2011 Elsewhere, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Ege Kanar
2010 Taken Up, Slightly Revised, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
2010 10 Years, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul (TR)
2009 Not That Grad Show, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC (CA)
2008 Like There’s No Tomorrow, Kasa Galeri, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Murat Germen

2019  Rupert, Vilnius (LT)
2018  KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna (AT)
2016  Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver (CA)

2018  Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance
2018  Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Abroad: Residencies Grant
2018  Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Research and Creation Project Grant
2017  Canada Council for the Arts, Explore and Create: Concept to Realization Project Grant
2017  Toronto Arts Council, Visual Artists Program: Emerging
2017  Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artists Creation Projects: Emerging
2017  SAHA Association, Project Support, The Curtain Sweeps Down
2016  Canada Council for the Arts, Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts
2016  Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grants to Visual Artists
2015  BC Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists
2014  Hnatyshyn Foundation, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists
2014  Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, Emerging Artist's Prize (finalist)
2014  BC Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists
2012-2014 Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Artistic Research Grant - "Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity" in collaboration with Meriç Algün Ringborg
2009-2010  Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Project Research Fund
2003-2007  Sabanci University, Istanbul, Honour Scholarship (Full tuition waiver and monthly stipend, awarded for merit)

Doublethink, Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2017. Text by Alistair Hicks.
Freundschaftsspiel, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, 2016. Editors: Didem Yazıcı and Christine Litz.
Reunion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul, 2015. Text by Övül Durmuşoğlu.
Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, 2013. Published by JRP-Ringier. Text by Dorothea Strauss.
Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, ARTER, Istanbul, 2013. Text by Adnan Yıldız.
Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK, Vienna, 2013. Published by Hatje-Cantz. Editors: Simon Rees and Bärbel Vischer.

Durmuşoğlu, Övül Ö. The Curtain Sweeps Down. Exhibition text for The Curtain Sweeps Down, VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine, 2018
Hicks, Alistair. The Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st Century Art. YKY, 2015.
Phillips, Kimberly. Six Ways to Speak of Distance. Exhibition text for Far Away So Close: Part 1, Access Gallery, 2014.
Johnson, Lewis ed. Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture. Routledge, 2014.
Altındere, Halil and Evren, Süreyya. Çocuklar için Türkiye Güncel Sanatı. YKY, 2013.
Collins, Allison. Escape From Biography. Exhibition text for Tide, Republic Gallery, 2013.
Birch, Jesse. Properties. Exhibition text for Properties at Western Front, 2013.
McBay, Brian. Say It Out Loud. Exhibition text for What A Drag, 221A, 2012
Pauker, Magnolia. Playfulness as a Strategy: Inter-view with Erdem Taşdelen. 221A, 2012

Hasboyacı, Büşra. Erdem Taşdelen ve Algı Perspektifleri. Artam Global, September 2018.
Cuguoğlu, Naz. Doublethink: Double Vision., July 2017.
Özgüven, Fatih. Çiftdüşün, Çiftgörü. XOXO, June 2017.
Gökçe, Hüseyin. Tahakkümden Çoğulcu Düşünme Pratiğine. Sanatatak, June 2017.
Yalçınkaya, Fisun. Bütün Bu Sözlerin Anlamı Nedir? Milliyet Sanat, 26 May 2017.
Priegert, Portia. Quantifying the Emotional Self. Galleries West, 13 January 2017.
Hicks, Alistair. Turkish contemporary art at the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg. Financial Times, 10 August 2016.
Randolph, Jeanne. Review: A Putting Down of Roots: 40 Years of CV2. C Magazine, Spring 2016.
Best, Alexandra. In Conversation with Erdem Taşdelen. Burrard Arts Foundation blog, 22 January 2016.
Esen, Tuğba. Kuir Gelecek: Cinsiyetler Ötesi Bir Zaman. Agos, 15 January 2016.
Berberoğlu, Alev. İnadına Queer!, 4 January 2016.
McFadden, Kegan. A Putting Down of Roots. CV2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, Fall 2015.
Cochrane, Steven Leyden. Words to Grow On. Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 2015.
Bruneau, Jaclyn. Artistic Subjectivity: In Conversation with Erdem Taşdelen. Canadian Art Online, 30 June 2015.
Golkar, Babak. Notes on Erdem Taşdelen's A Petition of the Left Hand. The Capilano Review, February 2015 (3.25).
Şenova, Başak. Review: A Petition of the Left Hand, Flash Art Online, November 2014.
Elçi, Yasemin. Sol Elinizin Bir Ricası Olacak, Milliyet Sanat, November 2014.
Esen, Tuğba. Sol Elin Esaretine Son!, Agos, 2 October 2014.
Şaşmazer, Nilüfer. Bu Eserlerin Hepsi Puzzle’ın Parçaları, Istanbul Art News, October 2014.
N/A. 3 Emerging Canadian Artists Win Pachter Prizes, Canadian Art Online, 30 September 2014.
Altunok, Özlem. Zorlayıcı Bir Koleksiyon, Istanbul Art News, January 2014.
Sandıkcı, Didem. Örnek Vaka, Artam Global, January-February 2014.
Özgüven, Fatih. Boşlukta Köprüler Kurmak. Radikal, 28 November 2013.
Nguyen, Kim. Know Better, No Better. MUSE (Canadian Museums Association), September-October 2013.
Sinkewicz, Alison. Truth or Dare: Artist Erdem Taşdelen., 3 September 2013.
Saitta, Dean. Draft Urbanism: Art in the Cityscape., 14 August 2013.
Sandals, Leah. Q&A: Carson Chan on Denver's Biennial & Urban Destinies., 22 July 2013.
Szczesniak, Paulina. Zeitgenössiche Kunst von 21 Kreativen. Tages Anzeiger, 18 June 2013.
Masters, H.G, Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment. ArtAsiaPacific, May-June 2013.
Evren, Süreyya. Formun Huzursuzluğu, Formsuzluğun Değil. Sanat Dünyamız, May-June 2013.
Ünsal, Merve. Haset, Husumet, Rezalet., March 2013.
Yıldız, Adnan. İzleyicinin Varlığı. Art Unlimited, March 2013.
N/A. Sanat Dünyamız cover feature, March-April 2013.
Masters, H.G., Emotional Histories., February 2013
Sutton, Kate. Critics' Picks: Erdem Taşdelen., February 2013.
Öztürk, Mehtap. Conversation: Erdem Taşdelen and Mehtap Öztürk., February 2013.
Özgüven, Fatih. Eski itirazlar yeni itiraflar. Radikal, 3 February 2013.
Erciyes, Cem. Sakın izlemeyin, katılın! Radikal, 1 February 2013.
Uncu, Erman Ata. Hasetin farklı cepheleri. Radikal, 24 January 2013.
Utkan, Hatice. Artist examines himself as subject in his solo exhibition. Hürriyet Daily News, 15 January 2013.
Parlak, Tuba. Ruhunu satmadan sanatını satmak. Radikal, 13 January 2013.
Niğbolu, Seda. Süreç Odaklı Deneyler. Art Unlimited, January-February 2013.
Arkunlar, Merve. Exhibition of the month: The Semi-Aware Subject. Time Out Istanbul. January 2013.
Yıldız, Adnan. Sevgilini/Kahramanını hayal etmek. Taraf, 31 July 2012.

The Artist-Curator Relationship. C Magazine, Autumn 2019.
The Curtain Sweeps Down. Canadian Art, Summer 2018.
The Curtain Sweeps Down. Self-published artist book, Toronto, 2018. Edition: 125.
Quantified Self. Canadian Art, Winter 2017.
Brief Jubilation. Canadian Art Online, 4 November 2015.
Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity. Editors: Erdem Taşdelen and Meriç Algün Ringborg. Published by Antrepo AB, Stockholm, 2015. Edition: 250.
All the Decisive Blows. Self-published artist book, Istanbul, 2014. Edition: 500.
Postscript 50: On Studio Work by Paul Mpagi Sepuya. Artspeak, Vancouver, 2013.
Dear,. Artist book published by NON. Istanbul, 2013. Edition: 1000.
Convictions. Artist book published by 221A, Vancouver, 2012. Edition: 100.

Artist talk, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna, November 2018
Book launch, The Curtain Sweeps Down, Art Metropole, Toronto, May 2018
Artist talk, VOX Centre de l'image contemporaine, Montreal, March 2018
Artist talk, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, January 2017
What Now, Performance/reading, First Thursdays, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, December 2016
Artist talk, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, March 2016
A Putting Down of Roots, Panel discussion, University of Winnipeg, September 2015
Nereden Geldik, Nerelere Gideceğiz? Panel discussion, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, Istanbul, April 2015
Artist talk, Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver, November 2014
The Servitude of the Left Hand, Lecture performance, ArtInternational, Istanbul, September 2014
Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity, Feedback talk, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, December 2013
Let's Talk About Love (and Work), Reading salon curated by Gabrielle Moser on the occasion of the launch of Fillip 18, Access Gallery, Vancouver, August 2013
A Conversation About Art and Unrequited Love, Performance/Talk with Allison Collins, SFU World Art Centre - Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver, November 2012
Artist talk, 221A, Vancouver, June 2012

MAA - Master of Applied Arts in Visual Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, 2010
BA - Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts & Communication Design, Sabancı University, Istanbul, 2007

Sessional Faculty
University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design: Visual Studies
  VIS 322: The Constructed Image, Winter 2019
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  HUMN 311: Visual Art Seminar: Queer Theory + Culture, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
  SOCS 201: Introduction to Cultural Theory, Spring 2014
  FNDT 108: Creative Processes, Fall 2009
Seminar Leader
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver
  SOCS 201: Introduction to Cultural Theory, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
  AHIS 333: Interdisciplinary Forums, Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2009
  AHIS 103: Introduction to Visual Culture, Spring 2011
Visiting Artist
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, MFA program, January 2017
Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, Buschlen Mowatt Teen Scholarship Program, February 2014
Contemporary Art Gallery and Emily Carr University, Y-CAG youth program leader, 2013
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Summer Institute for Teens: Visual Culture and Core Studio, Summer 2013