Culturunners @ MIT

CULTURUNNERS is an ongoing artistic expedition across borders. At the heart of the project is the development of cultural technologies that support artists in exploring and communicating alternative and often unofficial histories that can link communities between the MENA regions and United States.  CULTURUNNERS takes shape through physical journeys and artistic creations supported by technologies […]

Yarn-dez-vous

Yarn·dez·vous is a growing wearable quilt featuring  textiles from the Middle East and the United States. This cultural fabric is designed to map identities, migration and cultural encounters of its participants. Hexagons and stars of the quilt can be transformed into individual letterman’s jackets and vice versa: the jackets unzip flat into geometric elements that […]

Wanderjahre #2

Wanderjahre #2 explores historical and ongoing forms of cultural mobility by highlighting the immigrant as a transmitter of ornaments, knowledge and skills. This site-specific installation produced for the festival “New Hamburg” organized by German national theater in Hamburg’s city quarter Veddel, in which the majority of the city’s immigrant population lives today. The project is […]

Wanderjahre #1

The project Wanderjahre [Journeyman Years] speaks to cultural and political dimensions of labor migration, with Turkish migrants in Germany over the past century as examples. The choice of sculptural form—a construction helmet—refers to the heavy labor of early Turkish migrant workers, invited to Germany as Gastarbeiters [guest workers] due to the acute labor shortage during […]

Spring Collection

Helmets inspired by protests across the globe, witnessing the crisis of representative democracy. ………………………………………………………………………… Azra Akšamija, Spring Collection, 2014 Mixed-media: photographs, dimensions variable Credits: Collaboration and photo assistance: Karina Silvester. Courtesy of Azra Akšamija.

Future Heritage Collection #2

Future Heritage Collection #2 is a participatory project involving citizens and visitors of Sarajevo who were asked to select artifacts that they personally consider to be an important part of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural heritage.  The project is aimed at raising awareness about the acute crisis of the country’s cultural institutions and fostering an understanding about politics of […]