The Venice Questionnaire #16: Ali Kazma

ArtReview sent a questionnaire to a selection of the artists exhibiting in various national pavilions of the Venice Biennale, the responses to which will be published over the coming days. Ali Kazma will represent Turkey. The pavilion is at the Arsenale.

What can you tell us about your plans for Venice?

I am working on a new video series with the title Resistance. There will be around fifteen videos exploring the limits and experiences of the contemporary body – they will all question the extent and the possibility to which the body can forge a unique and authentic relationship with the world.

Are you approaching the show in a different way to how you would with a ‘normal’ exhibition?

Inclusion in the Venice Biennial has made it possible for me to stop all other activities  – other shows, travelling, talks – and concentrate solely on the making of the work in the last eight months. In this way, I feel once again like a student preparing a thesis; reading, shooting, editing. I realize that I have missed this kind of intense, unbroken production.

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Ali Kazma, Resistance (still), 2013, video. Photograph: Selen Korkut. Courtesy the artist.