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15 December 2022 Press release

NMNM presents Ali Kazma as part of WINTER VIDEO DAYS programme – From 16 December 2022 to 15 January 2023 – Villa Sauber – 17 Avenue Princesse Grace

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Video art and digital art have recently become part of the contemporary art scene, introducing some particularly innovative trends. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM) has therefore decided to devote a new programme, Winter Video Days, to these forms of art, with the first edition devoted to Turkish video artist Ali Kazma.

On display at the Villa Sauber, the exhibition is based around three videos:

-          Top Fuel (2020), complemented by a series of photographs taken during its preparation, is a video dedicated to the Finnish drag racer Anita Mäkelä. The work comes across as a meditation on time and a search for the absolute.

-          House of Ink (2022) and Sentimental (2022). These two videos illustrate how the least cinematic of activities – writing – can be translated into images. Shot with Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the banks of the Bosporus, the first video depicts, on three screens, the interior of the apartment both as a place of creation and as a reflection of an imagination; the second, which is around seven minutes in duration, confirms this intuition.

Ali Kazma, who was born in Istanbul in 1971 and graduated from the New School in New York, uses photographic and film media in his work as a video artist seeking out situations, locations and buildings where man’s ability to transform the world comes into play. His videos raise fundamental questions about the meaning of human activity, the economy, production and social organisation.

His work has been exhibited at numerous institutions and events throughout the world, including biennials in Istanbul (2001, 2007, 2011), Lyon (2007) and São Paulo (2012). He also represented his country at the Venice Biennale in 2013. He was awarded the prestigious Nam June Paik prize in June 2010.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed in the style of a novel and including an introduction by the young Turkish critic Nilüfer Şaşmazer, numerous illustrations drawn from the artist’s work and an interview by Guillaume de Sardes, the exhibition’s curator.

As a nod to the Top Fuel video, a Rail Milwaukee dragster (2012), loaned by the Custom Gang Racing association, is on display at H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco’s Car Collection (54 Route de la Piscine).

In the margins of the exhibition, Guillaume de Sardes will be moderating a discussion between art historian Paul Ardenne and Ali Kazma at 6.30 pm on Thursday 12 January at the Villa Sauber.

Practical information: www.nmnm.mc

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