'Biennale Venice 2013' series by Karin Sawetz,
Insights into La Biennale di Venezia 2013
A girl in bondage shaped by a man, male bodybuilders, beauty docs, tattoo artists, and other body shapers caught the eyes of the visitors at the Pavilion of Turkey. Especially the bondage video attracted many visitors.
The five-screen installation 'Resistance' by Ali Kazma display body-shaping scenes. The images of the videos are metaphors for today's body consciousness and how the body is controlled by our society with its scientific, social, and cultural tools (- and I wouldn't exclude fashion magazines from being tools). Whether the images at the installation 'Resistance' represented esthetical or sexual desires, the body seemed to be reduced to an (exchangeable) object.
While I consumed the intensity of the room's large-scale pictures of shaped bodies and its shapers, my feeling of 'Resistance' against the world's shaping strategies grew.
Find the introduction into Ali Kazma's installation on pavilionofturkey.iksv.org: "During the almost one-year long filming process of “Resistance”, Ali Kazma visited various sites to record the processes that both construct and control the body. He explored the struggle to break the social, cultural, physical and genetic codes of the human body in order to render it perfect..."
fig. original 1 2 3: Installation views of Ali Kazma's multi-channel video installation (5 screens) 'Resistance' at the Pavilion of Turkey at La Biennale di Venezia (1 June - 24 November 2013). Ali Kazma's installation deals critically with themes around the body and its shapers who are themselves shaped by our world and its social, cultural and scientific tools. For Ali Kazma, the body is not only a carrier of codes, symbols, meanings, but the 'shell' which carries our existence. The photos were taken on the press day on 30 May 2013.
Source: Original article with images on http://www.fashionoffice.org/culture/2013/biennalevenice-the-body6-2013.htm.
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