Erdem Taşdelen

My Father's Left Hand

Cast bronze
23.3 x 10.8 x 8.5 cm (9" x 4.25" x 3.50")

The act of writing with a pen is usually considered to be the determining factor of handedness. This sculpture, a bronze replica of my father’s left hand, points to my personal involvement with the subject matter of the project. My father was born left-handed but forced by his family to learn to write with his “right” hand. The sculpture therefore immortalizes my father’s left hand performing an act that he was never allowed to exercise in reality, serving as a symbolic overturning of a discriminatory practice.