Erdem Taşdelen


Expanding collection of books stacked on shelf
23 x 11 x 15 cm (9" x 4.5" x 6")
2010 - ongoing

The word genealogy denotes an account of the descent of a person, family, or group from older forms. This piece creates a humourous genealogy with books stacked on a shelf in non-chronological order, tracing a literary history of desire and melancholy. This also alludes to the role that literature plays in learning about forms of desire, which is always a selective and accumulative process. The work is an ongoing project where I add new books to the selection over the years.

Genealogy in 2016 (Installation view, Freundschaftsspiel, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, 2016. Photo by Bernhard Strauss)

Genealogy in 2014

Genealogy in 2012

Genealogy in 2010