Erdem Taşdelen


Dear,

Inkjet and ink on copy paper (47 sheets)
21.6 x 27.9 cm (8,5"x11") each, installation size variable
2010

The twenty-four anonymous, undated and very personal letters that make up Dear, seem to be suspended in a first-draft state. Reading closely, it becomes clear that this is not a correspondence but rather a one-sided exchange between the author and themselves. The letters disclose their most private reflections while simultaneously challenging the authenticity of these feelings with analytic detachment. The typed texts have been anxiously marked up and corrected by hand, and in exasperation – a second-guessing that harangues the writer for breaks in logic, improper syntax and evasive or vague passages. At other times, the editor’s fidgety revisions pause to helpfully smooth and polish an acceptable phrase or to comment that a passage exemplifies “the postmodern condition.” At one point, even the sentiment “I hope one day we can just let ourselves be ourselves around each other” has been worried with a complicated re-working. The project approaches the act of writing as an exercise in self-reflexivity, an inward gaze rather than a means of communicating with another.


  


  



Installation view, Doublethink, Double Vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2017. Photo by Uğur Ataç.


Installation view, Hot Spot Istanbul, Hauskonstruktiv, Zurich, 2013. Photo by Stefan Altenburger.


Installation view (detail), Hot Spot Istanbul, Hauskonstruktiv, Zurich, 2013. Photo by Stefan Altenburger.


Installation view, Dear, Walter C. Koerner Library at the University of British Columbia
(as part of Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery's Art in the Library program), Vancouver, 2015.