Erdem Taşdelen

A Vagrant Kind of Life

Slide projection and compositions with wooden toy letters and wall paint
70 slides, wall compositions: 39" x 26" (99 x 66 cm) each

A Vagrant Kind of Life consists of a 70-line long poem shown in the form of a slide projection, along with selected lines also displayed as wall installations. The poem is revealed rhythmically one line at a time through photographic slides, where each photograph showcases a line laid out in the Montessori moveable toy alphabet. Using a sober and yet ornate linguistic style, the poem describes the tragic state of a feral child, and was composed by borrowing excerpts from a book published in 1802 titled An Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage Man written by a French physician named Jean Marc Gaspard Itard.

All images except the first image taken by Dennis Ha, installation views from A Vagrant Kind of Life,
Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, 2016