Sleeplessness with Bob aka Death Sonata, 2019-2022, 23k gold, copper, inkjet transfer dye and oil on hand-stitched canvas and linen, 78.75 x 90.5 in (200 x 230 cm)




Late night shop, 2022, 23k gold, chocolate wrapper, graphite, inkjet print and oil on linen, 46.9 x 33.1 x 1.6 in (119 x 84 x 4 cm)



Night store, 2022, Pure silver, chocolate wrappers, graphite, inkjet print and oil on linen, 46.9 x 33.1 x 1.6 in (119 x 84 x 4 cm)



Zu spät (VI), 2022, 23k gold, inkjet print and oil on canvas, 11.8 x 8.3 x .8 in (30 x 21 x 2 cm)



Selling out, 2022, 23k gold, inkjet print and oil on canvas, 11.8 x 8.3 x .8 in (30 x 21 x 2 cm)



...Schläft sich durch, 2021, exhibition view, Kunstverin Harburger Banhof, Hamburg



The Drone I and II, 2021, Nazar charms, wild oats, raffia, silk, eyelets, inkjet transfers and squid ink on jute, steel frames, 98.4 x 67 in (250 x 170 cm) 



The Producer I and II, 2021, Farfalle pasta, 24 karat gold, copper, orange slices, beads, sequins, embroidery, eyelets, inkjet transfers, oil on denim, steel frames, 98.4 x 67 in (250 x 170 cm)



Blue Saloon, 2021, Custom printed carpet, 265.7 x 96.7 in (675 x 500 cm)



Lose Ended, 2021, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland



Lose Ended, 2021, exhibition view, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland



Work jacket c. future, 2020, Melange, Cologne 




Work trousers c. future, 2020, Melange, Cologne



Daily stretch, 2019, Stadium, Berlin



what me worry, 2019, exhibition view, Stadium, Berlin



See you in the darkness, brother
, 2019, Inkjet transfer, fresh cut flowers, aluminum grommets on dyed canvas, mounted on poplar board



la belle dame sans merci, 2019, Laminated inkjet prints on acetate, steel rings



Collaborative novel by Vera Palme and Elif Saydam for Broken Dimanche Press, 2018



Elif Saydam
b. Calgary, Canada
Lives and works in Berlin, DE

Education
2016  Meisterschülerin, Class Monika Baer/Amy Sillman, Städelschule Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künst, Frankfurt am Main, DE
2009  Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction, Fibre Arts, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Solo & Two Person Exhibitions
2024    New Works, Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (forthcoming)
2023    Eviction Notice, Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens, Toronto (forthcoming)
2022    All Stars, Lausanne (forthcoming)
2022    F*rgiveness, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
2021    ...schläft sich durch, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
2021    Shane (with Beth Collar), Zarinbal Khoshbahkt, Cologne
2020    Everybody’s Fool, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
2020    Gut feeling, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
2020    glücksfall (with Leonie Nagel), The Tail, Brussels
2020    Selfing, Melange, Cologne
2019    What me worry,  Stadium, Berlin
2019    La belle dame sans merci, Franz Kaka, Toronto
2018    Colt Jonner's Desecration of Descent (with Vera Palme), Berlin Art Week
2017    No R.E.M., Ashley, Berlin
2016    Matador, Kunstverein Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg

Selected Group Exhibitions
2022    Playing with Bones, La Traverse, Marseille
2022    Zoom Schönen Knie II, Doom Spa, Berline
2022    Dogtooth, Helena Anrather, New York
2021    Lose Enden, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
2021    CASA UOVO, Sangt Hipolyt, Berlin
2021    Von der schenkenden Tugend, Zarinbal Khoshbahkt, Cologne
2021    Jahresgaben, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
2020    Luxury and Glamour. The Wilfulness of the Superfluous, Landes-Stiftung Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Bonn
2020    Perhaps A window? stadium, Berlin
2020    Reality, Tropez, Berlin
2020    Kartoffelmuseum, Stallmuseum, Berlin-Brandenburg
2020    Times in Crisis, Klosterruine, Berlin 2019 Network Error, INOX, Copenhagen
2019    Made in Balmoral, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems
2019    Horizontalisierung 2030, Winterfeldtstr 41, Berlin
2019    Real Books (Extraordinary Tales), Jan Kaps, Cologne
2018    Still Life, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
2018    Emic etic, Between Bridges, Berlin
2017    Young Positions, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
2017    Pressing your face in wet grass, privateOFFSPACE, Frankfurt am Main
2016    Jahresgaben, Kunstverein Nürnberg Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg
2016    Marianne-Defet-Malerei-Stipendium, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
2016    Croissant, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
2016    31 Women, Philipp Pflug Contemporary, Frankfurt am Main
2015    Random Rules, Black Flagg, Aschaffenberg
2015    Let me see you see me, AtelierFrankfurt, RAY Photography Festival, Frankfurt am Main
2014    This Area is Under 23 Hour Video and Audio Surveillance, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
2013    Effects of a Room, G Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Performances & Readings
2020    Empathy When, Broken Dimanche Podcast Series, Berlin
2020    Selfing, Cashmere Radio, Berlin
2019    Von Fleisch und Zucker, Montez Press Radio, Hamburg
2019    Desecration of Descent (with Vera Palme and Stefan Müller), Cologne Art Book Fair, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
2019    DOD for die Marmory Show IV (with Vera Palme), Deborah Schamoni, Munich
2019    Pure Fyction Mausoleum, Johan, Frankfurt am Main
2019    Karaoke Kongress, Babes Bar, Berlin
2018    Desecration of Descent: Marathon Reading and Flesh Roast, Büro BDP, Berlin
2018    Damp Down, Skeppsta hyutta for Gnesta Konstrunda, Gnesta, Sweden
2018    Die Welt und das Schwimmbad, Tropez Tropez, Berlin
2018    Pure Fyction, an Un-trodyction, Ashley, Berlin
2018    Telephone: Act II, Miss St's Hieroglphyic Suffering, KunstWerke, Berlin
2018    Cool Ranch Honky Tonk (with Alex Turgeon), Babes Bar, Berlin
2017    Builder and Demon (with Rosa Aiello), éclair, Berlin
2017    Eröffnungspanel: Performance im Informationszeitalter (with Erika Landström), Schiefe Zähne, Berlin
2017    Produktion: MADE IN GERMANY DREI, IMPURE Fiction presents ... der Kaukasische  Kreidekreis von Brecht, Kestnergesellschaft, Sprengel Museum,    Kunstverein Hannover
2017    Friday the 13th Full Moon in Cancer presents tears, Cave 3000, Berlin
2016    The Grand Balcony: La Biennale de Montréal, IMPURE Fiction presents. . . Le Misanthrope 1666, Société des arts technologiques, Montréal, Canada
2016    Major Canis Minor, Kunstverein Nürnberg Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg
2016    Pure Fiction: Belly of the Whale, Johan, Frankfurt am Main
2015    Romeo und Juliet, Lichthalle Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main
2015    The Floor is Fine (with George Rippon), Fische Frank, Frankfurt am Main
2015    Imbiss on Island Time, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
2014    Dysfiction I, Lichthalle Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main
2014    PATINA OVERHANG, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, Dawson City, Canada

Publications
2022    Elif Saydam: TWO CENTS, artist monograph, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Mousse Publishing, Italy
2020    Interjection Calendar, Montez Press, London
2020    Luxus & Glamour: vom Eigensinn des Überflussigen, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bonn
2020    Interjection Calendar, Montez Press, London
2019    Colt Jonner's Desecration of Descent, Broken Dimanche Press, Berlin
2019    PF The Bastard, PureFiction, Cologne
2018    Pure Fyction, Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main
2017    Produktion. Made in Germany Drei.
2017    Pyre Fiction.  Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main
2016    The Grand Balcony: BNL MTL. La Biennale de Montréal, Canada
2016    Eye to Eye, The Capilano Review, Vancouver
2016    Dysfyction III, Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main
2015    Pure Fyction Pamphlet Series, Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main
2015    Dysfyction II, Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main
2014    Dysfyction I, Städelschule, Pure Fiction, Frankfurt am Main

Bibliography
2022    Mitch Speed, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever Until it Does’, Camera Austria, issue 159
2022    Nina Prader, ‘Elif Saydam’, Berlin Art Link, July
2021    Jens Althoff, ‘... schläft sich durch’, Artforum, September
2021    Miriam Bettin, ‘Every ticket wins: hyperpositivity in the work of Elif Saydam’, Conceptual Fine Arts, 14 June
2021    Sonja Maria Borstner, ‘Elif Saydam: Ein Blick hinter die Geschichten des öffentlichen Raums,’ Berliner Zeitung, 18 April
2020    Harry Burke, ‘Elif Saydam,’ Canadian Art, Winter issue
2020    ‘Elif Saydam, Artists (Kotti),’ Artam Magazine, November issue
2020    Sonja-Maria Borstner, 'Critic's Guide, Elif Saydam at Tanya Leighton,' Frieze.com
2020    Olivia Giovetti, 'Gallery Weekend Berlin's Must-See Shows, Elif Saydam at Tanya Leighton,' Artsy.com
2020    Kristian Vistrup Madsen, ’Working Nine to Five Five Five: Elif Saydam,’ Mousse Magazine issue 71
2020    Ophelia Lai, ‘Elif Saydam,’ Art Asia Pacific issue 117
2019    Stanton Taylor, ‘Critic’s Pick, Elif Saydam at Stadium,’ Artforum.com
2019    Stephanie Ling, ‘Elif Saydam at Franz Kaka,’ Flash Art International #325
2016    Rosa Aiello, Vera Palme, Mark von Schlegell and Simone Neuenschwander, Matador, Kunstverein Nürnberg/Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg

Residencies
2019    Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz für Kultur
2017    Berlin Program for Artists, Berlin
2012    Banff Centre Spring Thematic: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL STOP PLEASE ALLOW FEATURES ASSUME EXPRESSION INDICATIVE OF AMUSEMENT JOY PLEASURE BENEVOLENCE STOP, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
2012    Samband Islenskra Myndlistarmanna/Association of Icelandic Artists. Reykjavik, Iceland

Awards & Grants
2020    Kunstfonds Neustart Kultur, Kunstfonds Bonn
2020    Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2020    Singular Plurality: Canada in Germany
2019    Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
2019    Singular Plurality: Canada in Germany
2018    Sobey Award Longlist, National Gallery of Canada
2018    RFSU Ottarfonden, Skeppsta hyutta, Gnesta, Sweden
2018    Production grant, Canadian Embassy in Germany
2017    Production grant, Canadian Embassy in Germany
2016    Marianne-Defet-Malerei-Stipendium, Da Vinci Pinselfabrik / Kunstverein Nürnberg Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nuremberg
2016    Production grant, Canadian Embassy in Germany
2016    Linklaters LLP Prize for Painting, Städelschule Rundgang
2012    Professional Development Award, British Columbia Arts Council
2009    The Betty Goodwin Award in Studio Arts, Concordia University, Prix du centre des arts et des fibres du Québec, Concordia University/Diagonale Centre des arts et des fibres du Québec