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Between Delicate and Violent – Interview mit Şirin Bahar Demirel

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A interview with the filmmaker Şirin Bahar Demirel about her shortfilm „Between Delicate and Violent“

Can a painting or embroidery serve as a repository of memories when photographs fall short? „Between Delicate and Violent“ is an experimental documentary exploring hands as vessels of memory, capable of both accumulating and transmitting experiences. It delves into the idea of unearthing forgotten memories excluded from conventional family albums through hands and their creations. Can the painter’s violence manifest in brush strokes? Is cross-stitch a unique form of expression? The video connects the director’s personal history with broader human narratives, touching on themes like domestic violence, intergenerational trauma, and resistance through imagination and creation.

Şirin Bahar Demirel is a filmmaker and visual artist, known for her experimental work in video, documentary film, collage, and photography. Her creations explore themes of home, displacement, and memory, blending archival images with her unique perspective. Şirin studied cinema at Galatasaray University in Istanbul and Artistic Direction of Cultural Projects at Paul Valéry University in France.

produced by Svea Ege and Diana Butin