Art Talks: Çağrı Saray & Fırat Arapoğlu

Bilsart will be hosting the group exhibition “Feel Like I’ve Been Here Before”, which is curated by Fırat Arapoğlu, between October 2 and October 27. The exhibition includes works by Krassimir Terziev, Janis Rafa, Hülya Özdemir and Çağrı Saray.

Like a flâneur, who spends time on the streets and/or observing the environment in a trance… As if feeling like you have lived through the same moments before and the mood of it. For example, when you see a face, maybe for a moment you may not remember where you have seen this face before. What about just the opposite; how can you be sure that you have lived or not lived a moment in life that was special to you?

A moment that happened before … or a real moment that could not have happened before. You’ll feel like you’ve been here before: That’s a Deja-vu. This video screening brings together the works that discuss the relativity of time. As if you discuss a topic in everyday life, you actually feel like you have lived through this before, or as you know where this conversation will end.



The feeling of void we, as the reader, share with Handke is so intimately personal yet at the same time can be so easily empathized with that it perfectly describes the solitude of today‟s metropolitan beings. In “Himmel ber Berlin” Handke‟s poem is rewritten, moreover the monumentality of the image points to a structure that works through the means of the act of writing. During this reproduction phase, due to the cinematographic elements such as the moving image and the sound, the effect of the text multiplies in monifolds. Now is the time to rewrite ied Vom indsein, as if they were our own words…


1979 born in Istanbul, lives and works in İstanbul
Assoc. Prof. in Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts.
14 Solo Exhibitions since 2001 including ”Spaces of Memory” (2017, Jönkopings Lans Museum, Jönkoping, Sweden), “Threshold of Forgetting” (2017, Pilot Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey), “Diminishing Time” (2015, Primary Greek School, İstanbul, Turkey), “Outsider” (2015, Kuad Galeri, Istanbul Turkey), “Grey Corridor” (2013, Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris, France), “4/12: Topography of a House” (2011, Daire Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey), “Memory Boxes-1” (2001, Atatürk Library, İstanbul, Turkey).

Selected Group Exhibitions among 100 local and international exhibitions including “Appropriation? Hal mi?” (2018, Yapı Kredi Cultural Activities and Art, Istanbul, Turkey), “4th.Mardin Biennial” (2018, Alman Karargahı, Istanbul, Turkey), “Prevantorium” (2018, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey), “Home” (2017, Evliyagil Museum, Ankara, Turkey), “Past, in Each of its Moments, be Citable”, (2016, Depo, Tophane, Istanbul, Turkey), “Raptures and Convergences” (2014, Kuad Gallery, İstanbul, Turkey), “3rd International Çanakkale Biennial” (2012, Çanakkale, Turkey), “Where Fire Has Struck” (2011, Depo, İstanbul, Turkey), Dirty Story, (2009, BM Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey).