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Der Himmel über Berlin

ÇAĞRI SARAY

8 NOVEMBER - 15 DECEMBER

Pilot is pleased to present Çağrı Saray’s solo exhibition titled “Der Himmel über Berlin” between 8 November and 15 December. 

The exhibition “Der Himmel über Berlin” refers to Wim Wenders’ film not only by borrowing its title but it base upon artist’s fascination with the film. He has been watching it over and over again and producing the inspired works since 2006. It is similar to play a song on repeat. Çağrı Saray’s “obsession” with this film is distinctive. He produced in various mediums: video, drawings, posters a sculpture.

 

Repetition is linked to memory and recurrence. From Plato to Derrida, repetition interests many philosophers. It is a poetic notion, sometimes an aesthetic concern. It can be used for interpretation, negotiation or manipulation. As the artist’s relation to the film is repetitious the effect of the film appears in different forms. Saray doesn’t produce the same; a copy. In a performative repetition his works aren’t the only thing that differentiate but also his relation to Der Himmel über Berlin. During this time his standpoint shifts. 

 

In his book “The Condition of Postmodernity”, David Harvey considers “Der Himmel über Berlin” (1987) as a pioneer of the postmodern cinema. Wim Wenders and the Austrian writer Peter Handke wrote the film’s script together. Handke’s presence felt so intensely in the film; his literature’s main focus, the “void” between language and the world, lies at the center of the film. The concept of void emphasizes the liberating and the fatal aspects of solitude in civilized societies. Film’s setting is a black and white Berlin, a city that carries the weight of history, a home for angels that watches us from the beginning of time to the present day. Through interplay between such supposed opposites as earth-sky, adult-child, angelic-human, black-white, war-peace, past-present, Der Himmel über Berlin focuses on the tension between word and image. While implicating epistemological questions for how and what we know, the film triggers a broad discussion about our contemporary culture. It moves beyond paired opposites, as Harvey contends: “the explosion of boundaries”.

The presence of figures like Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Bruno Ganz and Nick Cave makes the film essential for Çağrı Saray.

 

Transformation (detail), 2017, drawing on paper, 80x260cm

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