Born in 1971 in Istanbul, Ali Kazma is a video artist. His work raises fundamental questions about the meaning and significance of human activity and labor.
“There's a certain transformation of a raw material into an object. There can be many economic and cultural consequences of this transformation, but what I'm really focusing on is values formed with forms of production.”
– Ali Kazma
His seemingly obsessive exploration of contemporary human production and activity is based on a large series of videos, each focusing on a different profession. The films consist of a series of close-ups, fragments, and glances at sophisticated use of skills: the gesture of a dancer, a cook, a taxidermist, etc. All the places and activities chosen share almost allusive similarities even though they are totally unique.
While viewing highly skilled workers in different contemporary environments, we are reminded of the subtle aesthetic and technical skills required to produce a contemporary high quality work of art and how much the skilled hand is still important, even in the most industrial environments.
Jean Factory (2008) emphasizes the detail and craftsmanship used to produce the seemingly simple jean hanging in shops around the world. Every crease, every wrinkle, every gradation of color is highly thought out and calculated. Fashion House (2009) is based on the different aspects of the Missoni working process, from concept to finish, from the knitting factory to the catwalk.
This series of films cannot simply be seen as documentary, Ali Kazma videos demonstrate how much all the makings of highly refined finished products – masterpieces – require dexterity of mind/hand/eye, and ability for cutting/sewing/reshaping.
Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.
Established in 1986, the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) is a higher education school which offers various education programs and activities: postgraduate academic programs, executive education, and expertise in areas such as textile, fashion, luxury and design industries.
On the occasion of the launch of the inaugural issue of Comment Section, Made in Town invites the young Parisian publishing house Holoholo to presente the genesis of this project and its particular principles – writing, graphic design, and publishing – put in place by this artistic collective for the conception and production of these periodical reviews.
In order to promote the know-how and the characteristics of La Rochère glass factory, located in Passavant-la-Rochère in the French department of Haute-Saône, Made in Town conducted a series of four short videos shot in the heart of the company's workshops.