Ali Kazma on Sang Bleu Magazine’s blog
Ali Kazma is representing Turkey at the Venice Biennial where he will be premiering his video piece Resistance. These videos explore the interventions and strategies that both release the body from its own restrictions and restrict it in order to control it. As an extensive survey on the contemporary discourses, techniques and management tactics developed for the human body, “Resistance” is an attempt to unravel the interventions imposed and practised on the body today. The series promises to expand over time in order to venture further into the infinite scope of knowledge that counts the body as its source—both as a real and restricted image, and as a field of infinite possibilities. It also provides important clues regarding the direction Kazma’s artistic production is likely to evolve in. (quote)
Resistance is a series of between 12 and 15 high-definition videos, each between five and nine minutes in length, to be shown on five large screens.In an interview (which can be read here) Kazma articulated his interest in the body; “as a platform of resistance to the horizontalization and the complete abstraction and codification of the world,” the ways in which it is “poked, written on, operated on, transformed, used to perform and appropriated in the form of the robot.” (…) “I am interested in how the body can be like an embarrassing cousin who shows up at a party at the wrong time. You get hungry, you get fat, you get sick, you have gas, your eyes go bad. The body needs constant care and attention. It takes you places and gives you unique experiences, but it can also really embarrass you and let you down. And, ultimately, it always lets you down.”
Resistance will be able to be viewed from tomorrow in Venice.
1 June–24 November 2013
Inauguration: 30 May 2013
Professional preview: 29–31 May 2013
Artiglierie, Arsenale, Venice
Curator: Emre Baykal
Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts
Project Coordinator: Deniz Ova
Image: Ali Kazma, Resistance, 2013. Video still.