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Azra Akšamija, “Mosque Manifesto”
In conjunction with the 2017 Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, the Anderson will host a range of exhibitions focused on student engagement and dialogue surrounding critical issues in contemporary Islamic Art.
Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian and Associate Professor at MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program. Her projects explore the potency of art and architecture to transform conflicts and, in so doing, provide a framework for analyzing and intervening in contested socio-political realities. For the Symposium on Islamic Art, the Anderson will present an installation of Akšamija’s ongoing “Mosque Manifesto” project, featuring selected objects and proposals developed in relation to her 2015 book Mosque Manifesto: Propositions for Spaces of Coexistence. “Mosque Manifesto” re-conceptualizes the mosque not as a fixed location or architectural type, but rather as a nomadic, educational and performative social space that can facilitate both religious and secular programs. As such, it can express the spiritual, socio-cultural, and emotional needs of its community while, at the same time, framing a zone for dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Exhibitions will take place at the historic Anderson building from Nov. 1, 2017—Jan. 5, 2018, with an opening reception on Friday, Nov. 3, 5-9pm.