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17 May 2018

Book Launch: The Curtain Sweeps Down - Erdem Taşdelen

Erdem Taşdelen
5 PM - 7 PM

Please join us on Thursday May 17, 2018, 5 pm–7 pm for the launch of The Curtain Sweeps Down, an artists’ book by Erdem Taşdelen.

Rooted in conceptualism, Erdem Taşdelen’s multidisciplinary practice brings self-expression into question within the context of culturally learned behaviours. The Curtain Sweeps Down is a book adaptation of the artist’s 2017 mixed media installation with the same title, and explores the story behind a novel published in Turkey in 1950. The project offers a semi-fictionalized narrative of the events surrounding the publication of this novel through a constellation of images and text, and looks at how womanhood is figured in the Turkish collective imaginary. An assemblage of found images, archival material, news headlines and texts written by the artist, The Curtain Sweeps Down underscores the systematic ways in which certain voice are muted while others are permitted to enter into the mainstream, and considers self-concealment as a strategic tool to advance progressive politics in environments where open dissent may be too risky.

The artist will be attending. The Curtain Sweeps Down will be available for purchase at the event and in-store and online after the launch.

Erdem Taşdelen is a Turkish-Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto. He has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally, including presentations at VOX Centre de l’image contemporaine, Montreal; Contemporary Art Gallery, Or Gallery and Western Front, Vancouver; Oakville Galleries; Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg; Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Kunstverein Hannover; MAK, Vienna; Pera Museum, ARTER and Sabanci Museum, Istanbul. His work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, Flash Art, ArtAsiaPacific, Financial Times, Canadian Art and C Magazine. Taşdelen was awarded the Joseph S. Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts by the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016, and the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists by the Hnatyshyn Foundation in 2014.

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