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ROBOT (Série Résistance) - CLERK  BRAIN SURGEON (Série Obstructions)




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. Kazma has participated in biennials including Venice, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, Thessaloniki, Lyon and Havana. The55thVenice 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; and recently the Jeu de Paume, Paris. 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 ona 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.


Ali Kazma has produced more than sixty videos to date including many stand-alone films as well as two series entitled Obstructions and Resistance. Begun in 2005, these works shine a spotlight on the human body: in Resistance, the body plays an active part in processes of industrial or artistic production; in Obstructions, the artist attempts to “make visible the infinite possibilities and potential contained within the body, which both carries and creates meaning, in order to reflect on its new aesthetic and intellectual possibilities.” Kazma calls attention to processes of fabrication by exploring the conception, mastery, and displacing of human forms. As such, although not always directly present in the images, the human body remains at the very core of Obstructions.

Resistance Series/Robot, Ali Kazma, single-channel video, 6 mins., 2013.

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