Nomadic Mosque: Architecture as Identity
|Venue:||FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus|
Azra Aksamija is a Bosnian-born Austrian artist, architect, and architectural historian. She studied architecture at the Technical University Graz (Dipl.Ing.), Princeton University (M.Arch), and is currently affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Architecture. Her broader artistic and academic practice explores representation of Islamic identities in the West, spatial manifestation of identity politics, Orientalism, and cultural mediation through architecture. Azra dissertation entitled "Our Mosques Are Us: Rewriting National History of Bosnia-Herzegovina through Religious Architecture" explores construction of Bosnian Muslims' identities though history of mosques, with the focus on the post-socialist period. Besides her academic research, Azra has been working as a conceptual artist and a curator. Her interdisciplinary projects have been published and exhibited in various international venues.