Turkey Taps Ali Kazma for 2013 Venice Biennale

Kazma. (Courtesy Galata Gazete)

Turkey, whose contemporary art scene has expanded dramatically in recent years, will send Ali Kazma to represent it at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The country’s English-language Hürriyet Daily News reported the news today, noting that the Turkish pavilion “will be curated [by] Emre Baykal with the coordination of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.”

Mr. Kazma, who was born in 1971 and works frequently in video art, was the co-recipient of the 2010 Nam June Paik Award and garnered a Unesco prize for the promotion of the arts in 2001. He has had shows mostly in Turkey, Italy and Greece.

Earlier this year, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington, D.C., presented a one-person show of his work as part of its “Black Box” video series, which focuses on new media work by contemporary artists. In New York, the artist’s work has also been presented at the New Museum and the now-closed Roebling Hall gallery.

Update, 11:50 p.m.: Chelsea’s C24 gallery represents the artist in New York and has a one-person show of his art on the way in November.

(Photo courtesy Galata Gazete)

Turkey Taps Ali Kazma for 2013 Venice Biennale