Ali Kazma: “Creating a Poetic Archive of the World” (interview)

en français

Born in 1971, in Istanbul, Ali Kazma is a video artist who received his MA degree from the New School in New York City (1998). He works on the way people transform and are transformed by the world they inhabit.

He has exhibited his work at the Istanbul Biennal (2001, 2007, 2011), the Tokyo Opera City (2001), Istanbul Modern (2004), 9th Havana Biennal (2006), Lyon Biennal (2007), Sao Paulo Biennal (2012), the Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennal (2013) and has presented a solo exhibition “Subterranean” in Paris at the Jeu de Paume (2017-2018). His work will be exhibited in Buenos Aires (20/05 until 20/06 2018).


Just a few days before the end of his first solo exhibition entitled «Subterranean» at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, video artist Ali Kazma expands on his work and creative energy during a conversation in a café.

1.Where does your curiosity and creative energy come from?


Ali Kazma: I have always been a very curious person, an engaged person. When I was a child, my favorite thing was to read encyclopedias. I would read books, normal books, but I would also read encyclopedias. I would love to start from A and read everything there is. Some things were of course more interesting than others. And I also like to learn, to develop new skills, to have new experiences, to acquire more and for that, I have kind of combined that with my training in visual language and it has now allowed me to go to basically any place I want, to learn, to witness, to try to record, to give shape to my experience and to incorporate it into who I am. So it has been slowly developing, but now it has become a way of being a way of living and creating.

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