Azra Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian, an Associate Professor in the MIT Art, Culture and Technology programme. In her multi-disciplinary work, Akšamija investigates the politics of identity and memory on the scale of the body (clothing and wearable technologies), on the civic scale (religious architecture and cultural institutions), and within the context of history and global cultural flows.
Her projects explore the agency of art and architecture in transforming conflicts, and in so doing, provide a framework for analysing and intervening in contested socio-political realities. Her book, Mosque Manifesto, published by Revolver in 2015, is a critical response to the politics of representation of Islam in the West through transcultural aesthetics and cultural mobility.
Akšamija holds Masters degrees from the Technical University in Graz and Princeton University, and a PhD from MIT. Her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as Generali Foundation, Vienna; Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Liverpool Biennial; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Sculpture Center, New York; Secession, Vienna; Manifesta 7; Stroom, The Hague; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Jewish Museum, Berlin; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Qalandiya International; London Biennale Manila Pollination 2016; and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini as a part of the 54th Art Biennale in Venice. She received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013 for her design of the prayer space in the Islamic Cemetery Altach, Austria.