Erdem Taşdelen (Turkey/Canada) is a visual artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto. His practice is rooted in conceptualism and involves a range of media including installation, video, sound and artist books. His diverse projects bring structures of power into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours, where he often draws from unique historical narratives to address the complexities of current socio-political issues.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, Erdem will continue developing a constellation of inconclusive narratives that unfold through moving image, sound and printed matter. Revolving around the invocation of the figure of the traitor within nationalist frameworks, this project considers how strangers live alongside one another in polarised societies as they adhere to seemingly irreconcilable values and beliefs.

Erdem’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions internationally, at venues including Mercer Union, Toronto; Oakville Galleries, Oakville (2021); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2019); VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2018); Pera Museum, Istanbul; Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2016); Stacion CCA, Kosovo (2015); Kunstverein Hannover; ARTER, Istanbul; Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; and MAK, Vienna (2013). He has been awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts (2016), the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists by the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2014), and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2019.


Sobey Art Award Residencies Program


Winter 2022

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