Azra Akšamija is a Sarajevo born artist and architectural historian. Committed to an interdisciplinary practice, her work investigates the potency of public art 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. Akšamija’s academic research highlights the significance of ethnic symbols, long-term cultural factors, and global cultural flows in the creation of contemporary nations. Her recent artworks focus on representation of Islamic identities in the West, spatial mediation of identity politics, Orientalism, and cultural interaction through art and architecture. Her projects take shape though different types of media, including clothing, video, performance, sculpture and / or new media.
Over the course of the past decade, Akšamija has developed a methodological framework that makes her practice unique in the art world – her art draws from her historical and theoretical research and her projects explore the interplay of art, culture and technology as an integral part of her academic teaching and research. All in all, her practice is a pioneering example of research across disciplines in which the artistic, the architectural and the historical components can stand on their own and make equally valid contributions in their respective fields, yet gain additional qualities though the methodological blend. Akšamija is an Assistant Professor at MIT in the School of Architecture and Planning’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology. Institutions or festivals that exhibited her work include the Generali Foundation Vienna (2002), the Valencia Biennial (2003), Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (2003), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2005), the Sculpture Center New York (2006), the Secession Vienna (2007), Manifesta 7 (2008), the Stroom The Hague (2009), and the Royal Academy of Arts London (2010), and Jewish Museum Berlin (2011), and the Giorgio Cini Foundation as a part of the 54th Art Biennale in Venice.
Web site: http://www.azraaksamija.net