Azra Aksamija

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Flocking Mosque, 2008 Textile, Mixed Media 1.5 X 1.5 M / Circle © Marina Treichl / aut. architektur und tirol
Kunstmoschee [Art-Mosque], 2007 Mixed Media, Wooden Carpets, Cable Cords, Ski Polls 50 X 50 M © Secession Vienna, 2007
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Sarajevo, BH
Birth year
Lives in
Boston, MA
Works in
Boston, MA
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance

Azra Akšamija is a Sarajevo born artist and architectural historian, currently Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts at MIT’s Art, Culture and Technology Program.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the Technical University Graz, Austria (Dipl.Ing. in 2001) and Princeton University (M.Arch. in 2004), and received her Ph.D. from MIT (History Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture / Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture) in 2011.  In her interdisciplinary practice, Akšamija investigates the potency of art and architecture to facilitate the process of transformative mediation in cultural or political conflicts, and in so doing, provide a framework for researching, analyzing, and intervening in contested socio-political realities. Her recent projects focused on representation of Islamic identities in the West, spatial mediation of identity politics, and cultural pedagogy through art and architecture.  Akšamija’s academic inquiry informs her ongoing artistic explorations.  Her artwork takes shape though different types of media, including clothing, video, performance, sculpture and/or new media. Her interdisciplinary projects continue to be widely published and exhibited in leading international venues such as at the Generali Foundation Vienna (2002), Valencia Biennial (2003), Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (2003), Liverpool Biennial (2004), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2005), Sculpture Center New York (2006), Secession Vienna (2007), Manifesta 7 (2008), Stroom The Hague (2009), the Royal Academy of Arts London (2010), Jewish Museum Berlin (2011), and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini as a part of the 54th Art Biennale in Venice.

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