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
2020  The Palace of Toil, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (forthcoming)
2020  Stairs and Traffic (with Leonie Nagel), The Tail, Brussels (forthcoming)
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
2020  Kulturstiftung Rhineland-Pfalz, Arp Museum, Bonn (forthcoming)
2020  Kulturstiftung Rhineland-Pfalz, Forum Alte Post, Pirmasens (forthcoming)
2020  Peanuts, Skeppsta hyutta, Gnesta, Sweden (forthcoming)
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  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 as Author
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
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  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