Erdem Taşdelen


Erdem Taşdelen (b. Ankara, 1985) lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His multidisciplinary practice involves a range of media including installation, video, drawing, sculpture, sound and artist books. He uses text and language in various forms to conduct subtle inquiries into subjectivity and its representations. His diverse projects, characterized by a mordant humour, also involve him in a reflective process that brings self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours.


Solo Exhibitions

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)
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)
The Semi-Aware Subject, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
2012
What A Drag, 221A, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Brian McBay

Group Exhibitions
2017
Doublethink, Doublevision, Pera Museum, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Alistair Hicks
It Is Almost That, Or Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Ines Min
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
Meet Me by the Tree, Öktem & Aykut, Istanbul (TR)
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
In Search of Radical Incomplete, a Perfect Animal Within, Stacion Center for Contemporary Art, Pristina (XK) - Curated by Övül Durmuşoğlu
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
Far Away So Close: Part I, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Kimberly Phillips
Let Me Tell You This, Gallery 295, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jason Gowans & Michael Love

Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Emerging Artist's Prize Exhibition, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
2013
Things Behind the Sun, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
Here Comes, public artwork commissioned by Presentation House Gallery as part of Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jonah Gray
Signs Taken in Wonder, Kunstverein Hannover (DE) - Curated by Simon Rees & Bärbel Vischer
Draft Urbanism, Biennial of the Americas, Denver CO (USA) - Curated by Carson Chan
Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (CH) - Curated by Dorothea Strauss
Properties, Western Front, Vancouver BC (CA) - Curated by Jesse Birch
Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK, Vienna (AT) - Curated by Simon Rees & Bärbel Vischer
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
Incremental Change, Galeri NON, Istanbul (TR)
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
Elsewhere, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul (TR) - Curated by Ege Kanar
2010
Taken Up, Slightly Revised, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
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

Exhibition Catalogues
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.

Books and Exhibition Texts
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

Magazines and Periodicals
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! ArtfulLiving.com.tr, 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. MonteCristoMagazine.com, 3 September 2013.
Saitta, Dean. Draft Urbanism: Art in the Cityscape. InterculturalUrbanism.com, 14 August 2013.
Sandals, Leah. Q&A: Carson Chan on Denver's Biennial & Urban Destinies. CanadianArt.com, 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. ArtfulLiving.com.tr, March 2013.
Yıldız, Adnan. İzleyicinin Varlığı. Art Unlimited, March 2013.
N/A. Sanat Dünyamız cover feature, March-April 2013.
Masters, H.G., Emotional Histories. ArtAsiaPacific.com, February 2013
Sutton, Kate. Critics' Picks: Erdem Taşdelen. Artforum.com, February 2013.
Öztürk, Mehtap. Conversation: Erdem Taşdelen and Mehtap Öztürk. M-est.org, 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.

Published Projects and Writing
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.

Public Presentations
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

Grants, Awards and Residencies
Canada Council for the Arts, Project Grants to Visual Artists, 2016
Artist in Residence, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, 2016
BC Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists, 2015
Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, Hnatyshyn Foundation, 2014
Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver Emerging Artist's Prize finalist, 2014
BC Arts Council, Project Assistance for Visual Artists, 2014
Kungl. Konsthögskolan, artistic research grant - "Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity" in collaboration with Meriç Algün Ringborg, Stockholm, 2012-2014
Emily Carr University, project research fund, Vancouver, 2010
Emily Carr University, project research fund, Vancouver, 2009
Sabanci University, honour scholarship, Istanbul, 2003-2007 (Full tuition waiver and monthly stipend for 4 years, awarded for merit)
Sabanci University, dean's honour list, Istanbul, 2003-2007 (Awarded every semester for 8 semesters attended, for academic excellence)

Education
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

Teaching Experience
Sessional Faculty
SOCS 201: Introduction to Cultural Theory, Emily Carr University: Spring 2014
HUMN 311: Visual Arts Seminar: Queer Theory + Culture, Emily Carr University: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
FNDT 108: Creative Processes, Emily Carr University: Fall 2009
Seminar Leader
SOCS 201: Introduction to Cultural Theory, Emily Carr University: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
AHIS 333: Interdisciplinary Forums, Emily Carr University: Summer 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2009
AHIS 103: Introduction to Visual Culture, Emily Carr University: Spring 2011
Workshop Leader
Y-CAG youth program, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2013.
Visiting Artist
MFA program, Emily Carr University, January 2017
Buschlen Mowatt Teen Scholarship Program, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver: February 2014
Summer Institute for Teens, Visual Culture and Core Studio, Emily Carr University: Summer 2013