Artist Talk with Artist and Writer Erdem Taşdelen

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  • July 26, 2022

    Above: Erdem Taşdelen, photo by Sarah Bodri.

    Join artist Erdem Taşdelen for a discussion and virtual interview hosted by Michelle Callaghan, Head of Adult and Seniors Services at Richmond Public Library.

    This partnership with Richmond Public Library and Richmond Art Gallery hosts artist Erdem Taşdelen to share his research and writings from his current exhibition at the Gallery, A Minaret for the General’s Wife. The starting point for Erdem Taşdelen’s exhibition is a little-known architectural oddity, a freestanding Ottoman-style minaret located in the Lithuanian city of Kėdainiai.

    In his search to uncover the origins of the Kėdainiai Minaret, Taşdelen assembled an installation of archival photos, documents, replicas of artifacts, audiovisual material, a curious selection of objects and a book of vignettes from undisclosed origins. Together, these elements expose and interrupt connections that enable historical storytelling, and through this tension forge a place wherein the artist elicits a multiplicity of readings.

    This was an interactive online event, with an opportunity for audience members to send in questions throughout the presentation.
    PLEASE NOTE – This event was NOT recorded.

    About the Presenter:

    Erdem Taşdelen is a Turkish-Canadian artist who lives and works in Tkaronto/Toronto. His work has been shown at venues including Art Gallery of Burlington (2022); Mercer Union, Toronto; Oakville Galleries (2021); Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga; AKA artist-run, Saskatoon (2020); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (2019); VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2018); Pera Museum, Istanbul (2017); Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg (2016). Taşdelen has been awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts (2016), the Charles Pachter Prize by the Hnatyshyn Foundation (2014), and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2019.
    Visit the artist website for more information.

    Presented in partnership with Richmond Public Library.

    Above: Erdem Taşdelen, photo by Sarah Bodri.


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