Elif Saydam, La belle dame sans merci
January 11th - February 2nd, 2019
Elif Saydam (b. 1985, Calgary) is a Turkish-Canadian artist, writer and performer currently based in Berlin. She received her Meisterschülerin in painting in the class of Monika Baer/Amy Sillman, Städelschule (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) and is a former member of the Städelschule Pure Fiction Writing Seminar. Recent projects include a collaboratively written novel for Berlin Art Week (with Vera Palme), published by Broken Dimanche Press and slated for international release in the summer of 2019. Past performances and exhibitions include Miss St's Hieroglyphic Suffering (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin); emic etic (Between Bridges, Berlin); No R.E.M. (Ashley, Berlin); der kaukasische Kreidekreis von Bertolt Brecht (Made in Germany Drei, Hannover); Le Misanthrope 1666 (La Biennale de Montréal 2016), among others. She is an active participant in various collaborative publishing permutations and her visual practice draws vividly from her own texts and performances. In 2018 Saydam was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award, and in 2019 she will be a fellow at Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems, Germany.