Ali Kazma is a Turkish visual artist born in 1971 in Istanbul. He received his M.A. degree from The New School in New York City. In 2000, he returned to Istanbul, where he still lives and works.
Kazma’s videos raise fundamental questions about the meaning and significance of human activity and labor, and also the meaning of economy, production, and social organization. His work has been shown in many institurions around the world, including the Hirshorn Museum in Washington, D.C., Espace Croisé in Roubaix, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Istanbul Modern, and the San Francisco Art Institute.
Kazma was elected to participate in several art biennials, including the Istanbul Biennial (2001, 2007, 2011), the Lyon Biennial (2007), and Sao Paulo Biennial (2012), among others. He was the artist chosen to exhibit in the Turkish Pavilion for the 55th edition of the Venice Biennial in 2013.
Kazma was the recipient of the Nam June Paik Award in 2010, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany, and the UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts, 7th International Istanbul Biennial.