Short Artist Statement

Throughout my artistic practice, I have been trying to make associations between my paintings and the objects I made or I found. Rather than using solely the two dimensional surface of the paintings, I tried to activate the three-dimensional space using the sculptural qualities of certain objects, together with the potential memory objects may carry.  I tend to use these objects like geographical and cultural artifacts.

Didem Erbaş (1985)

Lives and works in Istanbul.




2017-2014, MA, Visual Art and Visual Communication Design, Sabanci University

2012- 2004, BFA, Painting Department, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

2013, 15-30 August, “Useful Art” (Arte Util) with Tania Bruguera, Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria. (Summer School Program)

Solo Exhibitions:

2018, Barrack, Tomtom Kırmızı, Istanbul (Simbart Projects, curated by Fırat Arapoğlu)

2017, Geographies I have not Lived in, FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Istanbul

2015, The Imagined Silence, Hush Gallery, Kadıköy, Istanbul

2015, Quest for the Lost Time, KRUG Art Movement, Bulgaria

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019, UKYA City Take Over: Nottingham 2019, Notthingham, England

2018, Spider’s Web, Ikusag, Istanbul, Turkey

 2018, Beyond Words, 4. Mardin Biennial, Mardin, Turkey

2018, Remote Memory, Abud Efendi Konağı, Istanbul

2018, The Animal Side, Mixer, Istanbul

2018, Unerlöst, Corpus G, Istanbul

2017, 450 km, Erimtan Museum, Ankara, Turkey

2017, Taktiksel Duruş, Cer Modern, Ankara, Turkey

2017, Letter from Istanbul, Pi Artworks, London, England

2017, Urban Obscura, Siyah- Beyaz Gallery, Ankara, Turkey

2017, Second Nature, Circuit Istanbul, Kadıköy, Istanbul

2017, Utilitarian efforts, non-Utilitarian works, Mars Istanbul

2017, Sen ve Ben,5533, İMÇ, Unkapanı, Istanbul

2016, Artist Room, Tomtom Gardens, Tophane, Istanbul

2016, Borders, Orbits 18, Siemens, Residue, collaboration with Eren Sulamacı, Depo Istanbul

2016, man reiche mir TROST // Give me SOLACE”, Schau Fenster, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

2015, UZ Collective, Yıkım, Şerif Bey Apartmanı, Göztepe, Istanbul

2015, Multiple Choice, Daire Gallery, Tophane, İstanbul

2015, Artshift – ArtRooms London, International Contemporary Art Fair, Melia White House Hotel, London, England

2015, Pardon Which Floor, Take it or Leave it, Merkür Gallery, Nişantaşı, Istanbul

2013, Memories of the Forgotten, Adahan Istanbul, Istanbul


2016, Öz EndişeSunum Performans Serisi (part of Merve Ünsal’s Project) with Eren Sulamacı, Mars İstanbul

2016, Collaboration on Site with Merve Unsal PASAJist, Tarlabaşı Istanbul

2014, Discussion about Useful Art (part of Merve Unsal’s project), 5533, İMÇ, Istanbul,Turkey

 Award & Scholarships:

2016, TORTUcollaboration with Eren Sulamacı, Borders, Orbits 18, Siemens Award

2014-2016, VAVCD MA Full Scholarship, Sabancı University


2017-, Teaching Assistant, Major Work of Modern Art, Sabancı University

2014-2015, Teaching Assistant, Visual Language, Erdağ Aksel, Sabancı University

2015-2016, Teaching Assistant, Visual Language, Meltem Işık, Sabancı University

2014-2016, Teaching Assistant, Language of Drawing, Wieslaw Zaremba, Sabancı University