International Archives 1st half of 2014
Gallery Analyx Forever Press release
The show Prison by Ali Kazma finds its place within one of the long-
Exhibition 27 January -
© Ali Kazma, Prison (Resistance serie), 2013
The video Prison will be the unique work presented in the eponymous exhibition. It was shown before at the Venice Biennale last summer, within a series of videos encompassing the theme of the body and named "Resistance" by Ali Kazma together with the curator of the Turkish Pavilion Emre Baykal. It is the first time that a video of the series "Resistance" is shown to the public after the Venice Biennale.
"Resistance" is a "work in progress": fifteen videos have been already produced, all of them on the theme of the body, of which thirteen were shown in the Turkish Pavilion in Venice. The body is understood by the artist as the ultimate bastion for preserving one's individuality in the struggle against power and uniformity, sometimes at the expense of entering social subgroups using specific practices (such as body-
Prison was filmed in Turkey, some two hundred kilometers east of Istanbul, on a snowy day. Ali Kazma decided early on not to shoot inmates, but rather to show the prison architecture as the main constraint imposed onto the body. The artist describes the prison as "a shell of the body", a complex structure designed to restrict the movement of the body, to restrict light and even imagination: the strongest model for all forms of limitations of the body.
Foucault in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, in the chapter Docile bodies, referring to the organization of the prison, talks about "political anatomy", which corresponds, according to him, to the mechanics of power, "a policy of coercions that are working on the body, a calculated manipulation of its elements, its gestures, its behavior. The human body enters a machinery of power that searches, disarticulates and recomposes it... Discipline thus manufactures submissive and exerted bodies: the docile bodies."
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