January 19, 2022

‘Resistance’ by Ali Kazma represents Turkey at the Venice Biennale

Ali Kazma will represent Turkey with a video series entitled Resistance at the 55th Biennale di Venezia. 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.

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Resistance (Video Still), 2013, © Ali Kazma

Ali Kazma attempts to read the complex meanings and the enigma produced 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 in Venice, Kazma researches the networks that shape the body within social, cultural, economic, political, scientific and mental layers. In the framework of Resistance, the multiple ways and strategies that manipulate and rearrange the human body and the tension that emerges within the infinite possibilities and borders of the body as a field of information, control and performance 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.”

1 June to 24 November 2013. Curated by Emre Baykal, the Pavilion of Turkey will be located at Artiglierie, Arsenale.

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