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 practice is heavily invested in exploring relationships between aesthetics and politics. She explores how different models of agency create particular kinds of etiological structures, configuring our notions of space and time. This involves exploring concepts of hospitality, solidarity, forgiveness, and risk as those pertain to practices of apprehension, accommodation, management and regulation of the time and space of the other.

Damla Tamer has received grants and prizes, participated in artist residencies and exhibitions in Canada, Turkey and Europe, including the Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts from AHVA, a two-year residency at Borusan ArtCenter in Istanbul, and solo exhibitions “Due to its nature, it only moves forward.” at Darling Foundry, Montreal (QC) in 2013 and Experience Class at the fifty fifty arts collective, Victoria (BC) in 2018. She is a member of artist-run Dynamo Arts Association and the Vancouver-based artist mothers collective A.M. (Art Mamas). She has taught at various academic institutions including The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia, The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan and The Continuing Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art+Design.

Please reach Damla at info@damlatamer.com


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


2020 (Upcoming) The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom, The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)
2019 (Upcoming) Thursday Thursday, Dynamo Arts Association, Vancouver BC (CA)
2019 Not Sent Letters&Guests, Toast Collective, Vancouver BC (CA)
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)                 
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)
2009 Lichtfeld 9, Basel (CH)
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)
2009 lllicit Practice, C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul (TR)
2008 Contemporary Istanbul ’08, Istanbul (TR)
2008 Open Studio Exhibition, Artcenter/Istanbul, Istanbul (TR)
2007 In Between, SU FASS Art Gallery, Istanbul (TR)


2018 Artist-in-resident at PLOT (Access Gallery) as part of the Arts Assembly programming, Vancouver BC (CA), by invitation
2009 Artist-in-resident at Est-Nord-Est, St. Jean Port Joli QC (CA), by competition 2008-2009 Long-term artist-in-resident at ArtCenter/Istanbul, Borusan Culture and Arts, Istanbul (TR), by competition


2019 Presenter, “Shapes of Solidarity in Classroom and Beyond: Discourse of Legal Defence by Academics for Peace in Turkey”, UBC Faculty Association Contract Faculty Colloquium, Vancouver BC (CA)2017 Panel presenter with A.M. Artist Collective, She-i-la: Women, Art and Production, Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA)2012 Artist talk, Further Connections (in tandem with the Iain Baxter& Exhibition), North Vancouver City Library, North Vancouver BC (CA)
2011 Artist talk, public critique of Happy with Nigel Prince, the Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC (CA) 2010 Artist talk, The Havana Report, Centre A, Vancouver BC (CA) 2007 Participant, SIGGRAPH, the 34th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, San Diego (US) 2006 Presenter, Picasso in Istanbul Exhibition talk series, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (TR)


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


2018 Meichen Waxer. Contribution to zine for Plot at Access Gallery: Review of work produced during Arts Assembly Residency 2011 Erdem Taşdelen. Being-Together-Towards-Objects.Catalogue essay for Happy at Helen and Morris Belkin Art Gallery 2011 Necmi Sönmez. Catalogue essay for Mind Models at Borusan Musichouse 2010 10th Year Compilation: Feature of work at Kasa Gallery 2011 Elif Gül Tirben. Catalogue essay for lllicit Practice at C.A.M Gallery, Istanbul 2011 Hasan Salih Ay. Catalogue essay for In Between at SU FASS Art Gallery


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 (ECUAD)