Erdem Taşdelen, ‘Dear’, 2010, Galeri NON
Erdem Taşdelen, ‘Dear’, 2010, Galeri NON

21 x 28 cm (8 1/2" x 11") each. Installation size variable.

The letters in this project speak to a number of personal romantic events between two people, but are written generically and anonymously. Although at first sight they may seem to be a correspondence, a quick reading reveals that they are actually all written by the same individual. The author has written these letters only to obsessively edit and correct them, in a hopeless attempt to effectively communicate with and understand the anonymous "Dear" that the letters are all addressed to. Since there is never a letter enough to be sent, this activity is a failure in communicating with the Other. Instead, writing is seen as engaging in self-reflexivity, where the process of writing the letters is an inward gaze for the writer.

About Erdem Taşdelen

Turkish, b. 1985, Ankara, Turkey, based in Vancouver, Canada

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Doublethink Double vision, Pera Museum, Istanbul