Erdem Taşdelen

Don't Say I Didn't Say So

Installation with live rainbow parrot in cage and wall paint
Dimensions variable

In this installation, a live parrot inhabits the gallery space for the duration of the exhibition. The walls of the room are painted in the colours of the parrot in diagonal strips, resulting in a symbolic camouflage and creating a space for self-reflection for the parrot. The piece is a reworking of a 1974 installation by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers with the same title, which he made for a retrospective exhibition of his works. In the original version, Broodthaers used an African grey parrot that could supposedly talk, but the rainbow lorikeet in this version cannot. While Broodthaers’ work could be seen as referencing the role of artists in society and the repetition involved in an artist’s career, the reworking of it today may suggest that contemporary art takes the forms of appropriation and repetition of learned behaviour.

Installation shots at Galeri NON, Istanbul, 2013
All photos by Serkan Tunç