Erdem Taşdelen


A Vagrant Kind of Life

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

A Vagrant Kind of Life is a 70-line-long poem shown in the form of a slide projection, 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 French physician Jean Marc Gaspard Itard.

Installation view: A Vagrant Kind of Life, Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver, 2016
All photos except the first by Dennis Ha.