Damla Tamer


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Damla Tamer is a visual artist born in Istanbul, Turkey and currently practicing in Vancouver, Canada. Her material practice is based on experimental mark-making at the intersections of drawing and textile processes. She has a performative practice that accompanies her works, in which she uses spoken anecdote as a performative tool, and negotiates the artistic-political stakes of a process of encountering singular events, forgetting them, and letting them re-emerge in contingent circumstances. Her work is heavily invested in searching for a new ethics of temporality through the relationships between aesthetics and politics. This involves researching the notion of agency in a variety of solidarity acts; exploring intimacy, hospitality, forgiveness, and risk as those pertain to practices of relating to one another (and relating to one’s labour); exploring the notions of futurity that are embedded in encounters with images and forms; challenging the etiological demands of strictly Western aesthetic-interpretive devices.

Damla Tamer is a founding member of Vancouver-based artist mothers collective A.M. (Art Mamas) and a past member of the now in hiatus artist-run Dynamo Arts Association. She has taught at various academic institutions including the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia (UBC), The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan and the Continuing Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art+Design.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Experience Class, Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria BC (CA)
2013 “Due to its nature, it only moves forward.”, Fonderie Darling, Montreal QC (CA)      

GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS

2020 The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA), crated by Kimberly Phillips2019 Thursday Thursday, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver BC (CA), curated by Warren McLachlan
2019 Not Sent Letters&Guests, Toast Collective, Vancouver BC (CA), organized by Jeremy Todd
2018 Workhorse Show Pony, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) 
2017 Quality Time, Arbutus Gallery, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey BC (CA)
2017 She-i-la: Women, Art and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA), curated by LaTiesha Fazakas    2016 Spiritual Pilgrimage (Print Ready/Zine Club Collab), WORM, Rotterdam (NL)
2016 Not Sent Letters&Guests, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver BC (CA)
2016 Untitled (UBC AHVA Faculty Exhibition), Vancouver BC (CA)        
2014 Paper Presents, Gam Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)      

2013 So Good It Hurts, Access Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)   
2012 It’s Fine (UBC AHVA Faculty Exhibition), Vancouver BC (CA)   
2011 Happy, Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) 
2010 Yet Not Quite, AHVA Koerner Library Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)    
2010 Kasa 10th Year, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
2010 Mind Models, Borusan Musichouse, Istanbul (TR), curated by Necmi Sönmez
2009 Lichtfeld 9, Basel (CH), curated by Fredy Hadorn
2009 14th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterrenean, BJCEM, Skopje (MK)
2009 Plein Le Cube, La Vitrine, St. Jean-Port-Joli QC (CA)
2009 Skopje 0909, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul (TR), crated by Erdağ Aksel and Selim Birsel
2009 lllicit Practice, C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul (TR), curated by Ahmet Öğüt
2008 Contemporary Istanbul ’08, Istanbul (TR)
2008 Open Studio Exhibition, Artcenter/Istanbul, Istanbul (TR)
2007 In Between, SU FASS Art Gallery, Istanbul (TR)

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2020 Group Residency with Art Mamas at PLOT (Access Gallery), Vancouver BC (CA), by invitation
2018 Residency at PLOT (Access Gallery) as part of the Arts Assembly programming, Vancouver BC (CA), by invitation
2009 Residency at Est-Nord-Est, St. Jean Port Joli QC (CA), by competition 2008-2009 Long-term residency at ArtCenter/Istanbul, Borusan Culture and Arts, Istanbul (TR), by competition

PUBLIC ARTIST TALKS AND PRESENTATlONS

Performance, as part of The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, Contemporary art Gallery, Vancouver (CA), 2020 (upcoming)
Panel Participation, Future Forum: Both/and: BIPOC Artist Parents in Conversation, ECUAD, Vancouver (CA), 2020 (upcoming)
Artists’ Roundtable, as part of The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, Contemporary art Gallery, Vancouver (CA), 2020
Presentation, “Ethics of Encounter in Academics for Peace Defence Statements”, Not Sent Letters&Guests, The Toast Collective, Vancouver (CA), 2019
Lecture, “Shapes of Solidarity in Classroom and Beyond: Discourse of Legal Defence by Academics for Peace in Turkey”, UBC Faculty Association Contract Faculty Colloquium, Vancouver (CA), 2019
Panel participation with A.M. Artist Collective, She-i-la: Women, Art and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver (CA), 2017
Performances, in collaboration with Jeremy Todd, Not Sent Letters&Guests, Dynamo Arts Association and VIVO Media Arts, 2016
Performance, Not Sent Letters&Guests, Dynamo Arts Association, 2016
Performance, as part of “Due to its nature, it only moves forward.”, Darling Foundry, Montreal (CA), 2012 Artist talk, Further Connections (in tandem with the Iain Baxter& Exhibition), North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver (CA), 2012
Performance, as part of Happy, Helen&Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA), 2011
Artist talk, public critique of Happy with Nigel Prince, Helen&Morris Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA), 2011 Artist talk, The Havana Report, Centre A, Vancouver (CA), 2010

AWARDS, GRANTS AND NOMINATIONS

Studio Subsidy Award, Howe Street Studios, 221A/City of Vancouver, 2019
Faculty Association Sessional Conference Travel Grant, awarded by UBC Faculty Association, 2018    Nomination for the Future Generation Art Prize organized by Victor Pinchuk Foundation, nominated by Gareth James, 2012 Andrew MacIntosh Book Prize in Fine Arts, awarded by AHVA, UBC, 2011B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship, awarded by AHVA, UBC, 2010Roloff Beny Foundation Scholarship, awarded by AHVA, UBC, 2009UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, awarded by UBC, 2009Borusan Culture and Arts Artist Grant, awarded by Borusan Foundation, Istanbul, 2008-2009SU Entrance Merit Scholarship, awarded by Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2003-2007

PRESS REVlEWS AND EXHlBlTlON TEXTS

Laurence, Robin. Old Concepts of the Studio Get a Reality Check at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Georgia Straight Online. https://www.straight.com/arts/1355941/old-conceptsstudio-get-reality-check-contemporary-art-gallery, 2020
Muchet, Mark. Vancouver collective Art Mamas. News article and video on the work of A.M. (Art Mamas). Exhibitionist, CBC. https://www.cbc.ca/arts/exhibitionists/ art-mamas-meet-the-vancouver-collective-that-creates-community-for-mothers-in-the-arts- 1.5129578, 2019
Waxer, Meichen. Contribution to zine publication: Review of work produced during the Arts Assembly Residency, Access Gallery, 2018.
Taşdelen, Erdem. Being-Together-Towards-Objects. Exhibition text for Happy, Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery, 2011.
Sönmez, Necmi. Exhibition text for Mind Models, Borusan Musichouse, 2010 
10th Year Compilation. Feature of work in catalogue, Kasa Gallery, 2010
Tirben, Elif Gül. Exhibition text for lllicit Practice, C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul, 2009 
Ay, Hasan Salih. Exhibition text for In Between, SU FASS Art Gallery, 2007 


ACADEMIC TEACHING

2012-ongoing Sessional Lecturer, The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia 2012-2013 Sessional Lecturer, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) 2011-ongoing Instructor, Faculty of Continuing Studies, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

EDUCATlON

2009-2011 MFA in Visual Art, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC (CA)
2003-200 BFA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design,
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul (TR)