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Ali Kazma, "Resistance"

Ali Kazma attempts to read the complex meanings and the enigma inherited by the body as a physical and conceptual space from within a broad network of relations.

SAHA Association supported for the production of Ali Kazma’s  ‘Resistance’, curated by Emre Baykal to held in IKSV’s Turkish Pavillion for the 55th Venice Biennale.

"Resistance" is a survey on the discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the body today and focuses on the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. Ali Kazma attempts to read the complex meanings and the enigma inherited by the body as a physical and conceptual space from within a broad network of relations. In this multi-channel video installation to be premiered at the Venice Biennale, Kazma researches the networks that shape the body within social, cultural, economic, political, scientific and mental layers. In the framework of "Resistance", the relationship between "being a body" and "having a body", and the tension that emerges within the infinite possibilities and borders of the body as a field of information, experience and action are explored under a range of diverse definitions and perceptions such as "material body", "social body", "body under surveillance", "disciplined body", "body at work", "speaking body", "the lived body" and "the sexual body".

Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition and the Pavilion of Turkey: 

The Venice Biennale has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. Established in 1895, the Biennale has an attendance today of over 370,000 visitors at the Art Exhibition.

The title chosen by curator Massimiliano Gioni for the 55th International Art Exhibition is “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico / The Encyclopedic Palace”.

Turkey is participating in the Venice Biennale since 1991. Until 2003, there had been different exhibitions and installations exhibited in different spaces of the Biennale as co-lateral events.

The Advisory Committee for the 2013 Pavilion consisted of Adriano Pedrosa (curator, editor, writer), Cengiz Çekil (artist), Cristiana Perrella (curator), Esra Aysun (cultural operator) and Mine Haydaroğlu (editor-in-chief).

About The Artist

Born in 1971, Istanbul, Ali Kazma completed his undergraduate studies in the United States. After briefly studying photography in London, he returned to the US to study film. He received his MA from the The New School in New York City where he worked as a teaching assistant. Ali Kazma was granted the 2001 UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts and received the 2010 Nam June Paik Award given by North Rhine-Westphalia Art Foundation in the field of media art, with his "Obstructions" series that he had been working on since 2005. The artist whose videos question and explore the different rhythms and states of human existence and its relationship to contemporary conditions, has exhibited his works at the Istanbul Biennial (2001, 2007, 2011), Tokyo Opera City (2001), Platform Garanti Istanbul (2004), Istanbul Modern (2004), 9th Havana Biennial (2006), San Francisco Art Institute (2006), Lyon Biennial (2007), and Sao Paulo Biennial (2012) among others. Kazma has been living in Istanbul since 2000.

About The Curator

Emre Baykal worked for the Istanbul Biennial as Assistant Director from 1995 to 2000 and as Director from 2000 to 2005. In 2005, he co-curated the public space project "Istanbul Pedestrian Exhibition II: Tunel – Karakoy" together with Fulya Erdemci. In 2007, he directed santralistanbul's inauguration show entitled "Modern and Beyond", an art historical account of contemporary art in Turkey. Amongst the exhibitions Baykal curated are "Envy, Enmity, Embarrasment" (Arter, 2013); Mona Hatoum "You Are Still Here" (Arter, 2012); "Tactics of Invisibility" (with Daniela Zyman; T-B A21, Vienna; Tanas, Berlin; Arter, Istanbul, 2010–2011), "Second Exhibition" (Arter, 2010–2011), "Mahrem" (santralistanbul; Kunsthalle Wien Project Space; Tanas, Berlin, 2007-2008); Kutluğ Ataman "Mesopotamian Dramaturgies", (Arter, 2011), and Ali Kazma "Obstructions" (YKY Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, 2010). Emre Baykal currently works as Exhibitions Director and Curator at Arter, Istanbul.