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Istanbul-born video artist Ali Kazma has been chosen to represent Turkey at the IKSV’s Turkish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. The exhibition is organised in association with SAHA and curated by Emre Baykal.
‘Resistance’ is a multi-channel video installation in which the artist explores the networks that shape the human body within social, cultural, economic, political, scientific, and mental layers. The relationship between ‘being a body’ and ‘having a body’ is explored through Kazma’s analysis of the body’s various definitions and perceptions: ‘social body’, ‘body under surveillance’, ‘disciplined body’, ‘body at work’, ‘speaking body’, ‘the lived body’, and ‘the sexual body’. This hopes to challenge the audiences’ assessment of the relationship which exists between the notion of the body and its physical surroundings, and to comment on the way discourses about the human body are shaped.
More generally, the themes used in Kazma’s works are often seen as highlighting past and present socio-economic and political issues in Turkey, and, more specifically, Istanbul, which is undergoing a significant urban transformation.