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Ali Kazma, "Subterranean"

SAHA supported the production of Ali Kazma’s new works for his solo exhibition at Jeu de Paume held between 17 October 2017–21 January 2018.

“Subterranean”, Kazma’s solo show at the Jeu de Paume, sets out to reveal the evolution of the artists practice over the past ten years through a number of his important recent works, including two films made specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition includes around twenty video works and one photographic publication – an artist’s book. The single and multi-channel video works immerse and confront the viewer with rhythm and colour. Ali Kazma has made over sixty video works since beginning to work in this medium, including many individual films and also two major series, entitled “Obstructions”(2005–ongoing) and “Resistance” (2012–on-going).

About Ali Kazma

Ali Kazma (b.1971, Istanbul) is a video artist whose works have been exhibited in biennials and art institutions worldwide. Having received his MA degree in 1998 from The New School in New York City, he returned to Istanbul in 2000 where he still resides.

Ali Kazma is interested in creating works that add to the complexity and the enigma of the world; in creating spaces with the potential to open up and instigate aesthetic and ethical discourse on a range of interconnected topics. Continuously working in different iconic locations, Kazma’s gaze does not intrude or merely witness, but reveals invisible moments while raising fundamental questions about the meaning and significance of human activity. Kazma has participated in many international exhibitions including Biennials in Venice, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Thessaloniki, Lyon and Havana. The Venice Biennial of 2013 featured the solo show of the artist at the Pavilion of Turkey. Among the institutions that have exhibited his works are Musée d’art Contemporaine, Lyon; ARTER, Istanbul; Lenbachhaus, Munich; MAXXI, Rome; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; and MEP, Paris.

About the Jeu de Paume

The Jeu de Paume is an iconic cultural institution located in the Tuileries Gardens. It has gained an international reputation as an art centre that exhibits and promotes all forms of mechanical and electronic imagery (photography, cinema, video, installation, online creation, etc.) from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It produces and coproduces exhibitions but also organises film programs, symposiums and seminars, as well as educational activities. The Jeu de Paume also publishes a number of art publications each year. With its high profile exhibitions of established, little-known and emerging artists, this venue ties together different narrative strands, mixing the historic and the contemporary. Well-known artists (Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Philippe Halsman, etc.) as well as emerging figures (Omer Fast, Oscar Muñoz, Helena Almeida, Ali Cherri, etc.) can all be seen in this space that attracts an increasingly large and varied audience each year.