Open Call 2022 – 2023
04.07.2023 – 22.07.2023

As a result of the Open Call announced in January 2022, Bilsart has provided production support to Şirin Bahar Demirel’s video project entitled “Between Delicate and Violent” in respect to the evaluation of the selection committee.

Şirin Bahar Demirel’s exhibition entitled “Between Delicate and Violent” will be at Bilsart on July 4 – 22!

‘Between Delicate and Violent’ is a video project that considers hands as memory places that can both accumulate and transfer memories. Through hands and their creations, it imagines tracing lost memories that have not been included in performative, socially acceptable family albums. Can we see the violence of the painter’s hands in the brush strokes of his paintings? Could cross-stitch be an alphabet of some sort? The video connects with the director’s personal past through imagination and creation, while opening up to larger human stories such as domestic violence and intergenerational trauma and resistance.


Şirin Bahar Demirel is a filmmaker and visual artist, working with video, documentary film, collage, and photography. Her works explore home, mis/displacement, and workings of memory in its broadest sense, through their relationships with objects and places, while highlighting the underlying gender roles. Adopting an experimental and playful approach, she explores the interplay and dialogue between archival/found images and her own creations. She tells personal stories that are rooted in social realities. Demirel studied cinema at Galatasaray University in Istanbul, and Artistic Direction of Cultural Projects at Paul Valéry University, France.