Didem Erbaş was born in 1985 in Istanbul. She studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Department of Painting. She then completed her master's degree in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at Sabancı University. She worked with Tania Bruguera on the concept of Useful Art-Are Util at the Salzburg Summer Academy. She lives and works in Istanbul. She is currently continuing her proficiency in Art at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.
In her art practice, Didem Erbaş concentrates on concepts such as geography, shelter, map and topography, which also point to the socio-political environment of the geography she lives in, in more than one art field such as painting, drawing, spatial installation and video. The artist, who tries to establish a relationship between the objects she creates or finds and her paintings throughout her artistic practice, tries to activate the sculptural qualities of some objects and the three-dimensional space together with the potential memories that the objects can carry, instead of using only the two-dimensional surface in her paintings.
Among the exhibitions she participated in, Past. present. Istanbul, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
(2021), Mecmu, Barın Han, Istanbul, Turkey, Fluid Dynamics, Versus Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey (2021), Of Paper, Ferda Art Platform, Istanbul, Turkey, (2020), Up Above was fog, down below was a cloud of dust, Warehouse Istanbul, Turkey, Letter from Istanbul, Pi Artworks London (2017), Useful Efforts, Useless Works, MARS Istanbul (2017), You&Me, 5333, Istanbul (2017), Urban Obscura, Black – White Gallery, Ankara (2017), Man Reiche mir Trost, Schaufenster, Berlin (2016), Collaborations on the Site (collaboration with Merve Ünsal) (2016), PASAJist, Tarlabaşı, Istanbul (2015), UZ Collective, Memories of the Forgotten, Adahan Istanbul (2013). In 2015, she opened her personal exhibition Sukut-u Hayal at Hush Gallery. Intervening in the gallery space, she arranged the exhibition works according to the space. In 2018, she realized the pop-up exhibition 'Baraka' in collaboration with Simbart. With the support of SAHA, he worked with Nato Thompson and Rirkrit Tiravanija at Alternative Art School.