Sezgin Boynik

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Sezgin Boynik (or Sezgin Bojnik, 1977, Prizren, Kosovo) is a sociologist and art theorist. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Helsinki platform Rab-Rab Press and a co-founder of the publishing house Pykë/Shuplak-Shuplak Press based in Prizren.

He has completed his Ph.D. in Jyväskylä University Social Science department on the topic of Cultural Politics of Black Wave in Yugoslavia from 1963 to 1972.

He has been publishing on punk, the relation between aesthetics and politics, on cultural nationalism, Situationist International, and Yugoslavian cinema. Co-edited reader Nationalism and Contemporary Art (with Minna L. Henriksson, Rhizoma & EXIT, Prishtina, 2007), and co-authored book on History of Punk and Underground in Turkey, 1978-1999 (with Tolga Guldalli, BAS, Istanbul, 2008).

Recent articles include "New Collectives" (Retracing Images, Brill, Boston & Leiden, 2011), "Cultural Policy of Dusan Makavejev" (Kino! Journal No. 15, Ljubljana, 2011), "Discontents with Theoretical Practices in Contemporary Art" (Journal of Visual Art Practice 10:2, London, 2011) "Art of Slogans - in two parts"(TKH no 19 and 20, Belgrade, 2012), "Social Surrealism: Historical-Materialist Theses on the Mystery of Art" (open space journal, Vienna, 2013), "Marxist-Leninist Roots of Zenitism" (Filmkollektiv, Frankfurt, 2013), "Counter-Godard: On Makavajev's Anti-Formalism" (Kino! Journal No. 15, Ljubljana, 2015), "Between Privileges of Unlearning and Formlessness of Anti-Knowing: Ideologies of Artistic Education" (Inca Press, Forms of Education, Seattle, 2016), "Meeting the Truth: On the Practice of Filming the Uprising People" (The News Belongs to Us, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2017)

Also he is author of art books Counter-constructivist Model (co-authored with M.L. Henriksson, Labyrinth Press, Stockholm, 2012), Still Stealing Steel: Historical-Materialist Study of Zaum (Rab-Rab Publication, Tbilisi, 2014), Noise After Babel: Language Unrestrained (Spector Books, Leipzig, 2015), On Lenin: Atlases, Herbariums, Rituals (Checkpoint Helsinki, 2017). He is founder and editor of Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art. (2017)