04.12.2018 – 29.12.2018

Art Talks: Mert Öztekin & Fatih Özgüven

Bilsart is pleased to host “Moving Pictures”, a group exhibition curated by Fatih Özgüven, from 4 to 29 December, 2018.

It is customary to call cinema ‘moving Pictures’. The ‘moving’ part of the image in cinema is fascinating, but the ‘pictures’ part of film has always been of great interest to me as well. A painterly arrangement of forms contained within the frame, or the movement of the camera; symmetry-asymmetry, balance-imbalance, sense of weight vs. sense of lightness; the ways and possibilities of behaving like a painter in cinematic and pre-cinematic ways…

With the invitation of Bilsart, I imagined a 3-artist program that will last throughout December 2018, and the program does what I mentioned above in reverse – i.e. here, painters act as filmmakers – but in fact, it amounts to the same thing. Here, artists who love and want to engage in video-work are invited to move their own pictorial worlds.

The first artist of the series is Furkan Akhan: Akhan creates a sense of social belonging in his paintings through objects – in particular garments, clothes or shoes – standing-alone or side-by-side, together, or on top of each other. When his images began to ‘move’, the result was some form of cinéma vérité. One of his ideas for the video work was to film a regular evening of drinking and chatting with his buddies on a slope facing the highway in the Cevatpaşa Neighborhood of Bayrampaşa, where he lives with his family. This video-work titled ‘The Meadow Palace’ evokes the taste of both Pasolini’s early films and the work of director Zeki Demirkubuz..



13.12.18 – 20.12.18

First, a little water was poured onto a line drawn with a felt-tip pen, and the ink filtered through the layers of piled-up paper.
Then, work began on the surface for the lower layers. All the layers found themselves shared out to separate time zones, and movement began!


1983, Ankara

Unsound Reason / Adequate Cause – Galeri Non (2009) , 450 Million Years Of Friendship – Hafriyat Karaköy (2009), April Exhibition -Tasarım Bakkalı (2015), Indie-Line – ArtSümer Galeri (2015), Atlas of the Sleepless – Halka Art Project (2016), Angels’ Share – Depo (2017), Boredom Engine – Fail Books (2018), Dispersed Attention – Kova Art Space (2018)
With HaZaVuZu;
Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury MAXXI, National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2013); For Whom Is It Too Late Today? – Between Stamp and Mars, Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (2009); 10. Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius (2009); 10. Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009); Lokaal01, Antwerp (2008); Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (2008); Kaserne, Basel (2008); 10. International Istanbul Biennial (2007).