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Ali Kazma, Film Essays 1&2

Film Essays 1&2

SAHA supports Ali Kazma’s exhibition at MAXXI, held on 5 – 17 November, 2019, curated by Maurizio Bortolotti. On November 5 , the artist meets the audience, in conversation with Maurizio Bortolotti and Hou Hanru, MAXXI Artistic Director.

The two series of videos of Ali Kazma, selected for the Videogallery go from the exploration of the identity of locations, almost without human traces, to the stories of singular human or group of them. Locations and humanity are explored separately in each work, but seeing them all together they appear like pieces of a wide mosaic, giving us an idea of the complex research of Ali Kazma about the world at the time of the globalization.

About Ali Kazma

Ali Kazma (1971, Istanbul) is a lens based artist living in Istanbul and Paris. Kazma’s works raise fundamental questions about the meaning and significance of contemporary human presence and activity. His works, which have strong associations and dialogues with one another aim to create conceptual and physical spaces which foster aesthetic and ethical discourse on a range of interconnected topics. The artist shoots and edits all the works himself. Ali Kazma completed his BA in the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his MA from The New School University in New York City. The artist, who represented Turkey at the 55th Venice Biennale- Pavilion of Turkey in 2013, had a comprehensive solo exhibition at Jeu de Paume, Paris in 2017. Ali Kazma’s solo exhibitions include Galeri Nev Istanbul (Istanbul, 2019), Albergo Diurno Venezia (Milan, 2018), MUNTREF (Buenos Aires, 2018), Arter (Istanbul, 2015), CAPRI (Düsseldorf, 2015), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, 2010). Group exhibitions and biennials include 6th Kuandu Biennale (Taipei, 2018), 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2017), MAXXI (Rome, 2016), Musée d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon (Lyon, 2013), 30th Sao Paulo Biennial (Sao Paulo, 2012), Istanbul Biennial (Istanbul, 2001, 2007, 2011) Muzeum Sztuki Lodz (Lodz, 2012), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, 2011), Museum Kunstpalast (Düsseldorf, 2010) and New Museum (New York, 2010). He has received the UNESCO Prize for Promotion of the Arts in 2001 and the Nam June Paik Award in 2010. The artist’s works have been included in a number of institutional collections such as CNAP (Paris), Istanbul Modern, MEP (Paris), MONA (Tasmania), Sztuki Museum (Lodz), Tate Modern (London), TBA21 (Vienna), Foundation Louis Vuitton Collection (Paris) and VKV Foundation Collection (Istanbul). Ali Kazma lives and works in Istanbul and Paris.