Code of Ethics?

Participatory project, workshops, text, chocolate coins (2017-) International and multidisciplinary platform by Future Heritage Lab Code of Ethics? explores the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and poetics in the humanitarian context. The project includes critical artistic investigations through participatory action research and transcultural workshops, offering a shared platform for dissemination of questions and critical reflections across […]

Lightweaver

Kinetic sculpture, participatory project (2017) A collaboration with residents of the Al Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan The Lightweaver is a kinetic lighting sculpture that is also an educational and preservationist device, a cultural prosthetic for hope, and a visual critique of humanitarian design. The project was prototyped at MIT and developed as a co-creation with […]

Palimpsest of ’89

Installation, single-channel animation (2017) Commissioned by the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, SI Palimpsest of ’89 is an artistic installation exploring the role of Sarajevo’s cultural institutions in shaping the common heritage of Yugoslavia. The project was produced for The Heritage of 1989 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (Moderna galerija) Ljubljana, which reenacted the Second […]

Memory Matrix – Fragment

Public space installation, participatory project series (2016) Commissioned by the Amman Design Week, Amman, JO The Memory Matrix – Fragment is a temporary monument in the continuous process of building and dismantling. It is part of the ongoing Memory Matrix project series (see project description of the previous two iterations, Palmyra and Jeepney). The Fragment […]

Memory Matrix – Eiffel Tower

Public space installation, participatory project series (2016) Commissioned by the International Art Academy Palestine, Ramallah, PS The Memory Matrix – Eiffel Tower is a temporary monument in the continuous process of building and dismantling. It is part of the ongoing Memory Matrix project series (see project description of the first iteration, Memory Matrix – Palmyra, […]

Memory Matrix – Jeepney

Public space installation, participatory project series (2016) Commissioned by the London Biennale – Manila Pollination, PH The Memory Matrix – Jeepney is a temporary monument in the continuous process of building and dismantling. It is part of the ongoing Memory Matrix project series (see project description of the first iteration, Memory Matrix – Palmyra, 2016). […]

Memory Matrix – Palmyra Arch

Public space installation, participatory project series (2016) MIT 100 Anniversary of the Old Campus, Cambridge, MA The Memory Matrix is a temporary monument in the continuous process of building and dismantling. The project questions the ethics of preservation through experiments in future heritage creation, particularly in times of war. The piece deploys over 20,000 small […]

Culturunners @ Armory

Special project at the Armory Show, New York, NY (2015) Artist journeys and encounters in a modified RV, events CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition in search of connections across borders. CULTURUNNERS at the Armory Show took place in front of the Armory Show’s entrance, where visitors could enter the RV to engage in personal conversations with […]

Culturunners @ MIT

Two workshops, storytelling symposium, exhibition, public lecture (2014) MIT Program in Art, Culture, Technology, The Cube CULTURUNNERS is an artistic expedition in search of connections across borders (see general project description). Between October 1 and 6, 2014, the MIT Program in Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) hosted a three-day creative workshop and a storytelling symposium […]

Yarn-dez-vous

Wearable device, interactive performance, video (2014) Commissioned by Edge of Arabia, UK Yarn-dez-vous is a tactic cartography questioning what constitutes the geography of Middle Eastern and Islamic Art. The project takes the form of a wearable quilt featuring textiles from the MENA region and the United States. This fabric was chosen to map the identities, […]

Wanderjahre #2

Wearable device (2014) Commissioned by the Festival New Hamburg, German Theater, Hamburg, DE Wanderjahre #2 [Journeyman Years] is the second in a series of cultural mobility projects highlighting the immigrant as a transmitter of ornaments, knowledge, and skills. This site-specific installation produced for the festival New Hamburg organized by the German national theatre in Veddel, […]

Wanderjahre #1

Wearable device (2014) Commissioned by the Festival New Hamburg, German Theater, Hamburg, DE Wanderjahre #1 [Journeyman Years] speaks to cultural and political dimensions of labor migration, of which the post-war influx of Turkish migrants in Germany is a classic example. The hard hat references the heavy labor of the first generation of Turkish migrant workers, […]

Spring Collection

24 Photographs (2014) The Spring Collection is a series of photographic self-portraits restaging the DIY helmets worn by protesters in Cairo during the Arab Spring revolution, in Ukraine, Turkey, and other nations that were undergoing radical political shifts during the previous five years. The project is a commentary on the activism in social media, where […]

Future Heritage Collection #2

Participatory project series, posters, workshops (2014-15) Commissioned by <rotor> Center for Contemporary Art Graz, AT Future Heritage Collection-Office speculates on how to decolonize the history of national museums. The project was aimed at raising awareness of the acute crisis that is afflicting the country’s cultural institutions and relating it to an understanding about politics of […]

Future Heritage Collection #1

Installation, video (2013) Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, SI The Future Heritage Collection [FHC] is a collection of stories produced through interviews with “experts” on varied subjects having to do with heritage, including Islamic manuscripts, Egyptian architecture, and the memory of the Holocaust. Interviewees are asked to propose an example of […]

Museum Solidarity Lobby [MSL]

Installation (2013) Commissioned by MAP/Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas, TX and Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, SI Museum Solidarity Lobby [MSL] is an interactive installation, framing a discursive space for thinking about the future of national museums in post-national societies. The project links the museum crisis in the Balkans to the closing of cultural institutions […]

CultureShutdown / Solidarity Day

Participatory project in public space, photography, censorship actions (2013) On October 4, 2012, after 124 years of existence, Bosnia’s National Museum closed down due to a funding crisis. Six other state-level institutions, including the National Art Gallery and the National and University Library, were also about to become permanently inaccessible to the public, isolating and […]

Lace Mashrabiya

Textile installation (2013) Commissioned by the Vorarlberg Architecture Institute, Dornbirn, AT Lace Mashrabiya is an instantly recognizable assemblage of woodwork and window associated with Islamic architecture. This project reinterprets the mashrabiya motif to create a multi-sided experience for the spectator. Looking from the outside of the building toward the inside—that is, toward Mecca—the viewer can […]

Unity. Textile Muqarnas

Installation (2012) Commissioned by the Architectural Forum Upper-Austria (afo), Linz, AT Co-authored with Joel Lamere Unity Textile Muqarnas is a textile structure based on Islamic muqarnas, stalactite-like decorative three-dimensional elements found in Islamic monuments. The structure is hung from the neo-Gothic archway of the exhibition’s entrance. The modular structure of the muqarnas has been transformed […]

Cultural Transfers

Installation (2012) Commissioned by Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL This project gathers together a collection of anti-Muslim signs used by Islamophobic groups in Western Europe and appropriates them to create a multicultural response. The design of the signs evokes the system of isotypes used on public roads and transport systems. Against the essentialist grain of the isotype, […]

Shingle-Mihrab

Mihrab installation, carpets, permanent structure (2012) Commissioned by the Municipality of Altach, AT The Shingle Mihrab (Prayer Space at the Islamic Cemetery, Altach) project includes the Qibla wall and carpets in the prayer space of the Islamic Cemetery Altach in Austria. The project symbolically connects different cultures in Vorarlberg through the combination of local materials […]

Digesting Dayton

Participatory project, photography, food (2012/17) This interactive installation in the form of a buffet was part of a series events involving Bosnian communities, first in Boston, then later in Ljubljana. All attendees were invited to participate. A map of Bosnia-Herzegovina was sewn onto the tablecloth. The food was arranged along the internal political borders of […]

Monument in Waiting

Tapestry, booklets, animation (2008/11) Commissioned by Stroom, The Hague, NL Monument in Waiting is a collective testimony to the eviction and mass murder of civilians from Bosnia-Herzegovina under the aegis of genocide and ethnic cleansing, as well as the extermination of their cultural and historical traces. Places of worship were particularly targeted, destroying the previous […]

Kunstmoschee [Art-Mosque]

The KUNSTMOSCHEE is an interactive installation located on the external grounds of the Secession from July 20th through September 30th, 2007. Thematically, it concerns the interrelationships between architecture, territorial and visual manifestations of religion, identity politics and cultural patterns of Western Europe today.

Frontier Vest

Wearable device, 10 photographs (2006) Commissioned by the Gallery of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Germany, DE The Frontier Vest hybridizes different religious equipment and a contemporary vest design. This wearable prototype lends itself to different purposes, both sacred and secular. Shared histories and belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are translated into a hybrid design […]

Dirndlmoschee [Dirndl Dress Mosque]

Wearable device, 12 photographs, video (2005) Commissioned by the ORTung/Cultural Department of Salzburg Government, AT Dirndlmoschee is the second project in wearable mosque series (see Nomadic Mosque project description below). The concept is based on assimilating cultural characteristics of a place into one’s own context. The Dirndl, a traditional Austrian dress, is still worn as […]

Arizona Road

“Provocative Pole” installation, video, text-image plate (2002) Commissioned by the Generali Foundation Vienna, AT The project examines the new urban phenomena of the largest black market in the Balkans, the Arizona Market located near the city of Brčko. Arizona Road was the name given by the American military to the north-south highway in Bosnia and […]

Skalamerija [Contraption]

Installation, photographs (2009) Commissioned by Stroom, The Hague, NL Skalamerija follows up on my 2002 project Arizona Road. Skalamerija is a contraption aimed at de-formalizing the Arizona Market’s current highly regulated spatial order, which has led to its recession. Ever since its regulation in 2002, the trade and urban development of the Arizona Market in […]

Bread&Games, Plant&Play

Participatory project in public space and at the Tate Gallery Liverpool (2004) Commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial, UK Bread and Games, Plant and Play investigates the interaction of formal and informal systems in the process of urban revitalization. It is meant to provoke a set of questions to which the community would find their own […]

Lost Highway Expedition [LHE]

Artistic journey across nine cities in the Western Balkans (2006) Collaborative participatory art and curatorial project The Lost Highway Expedition is a journey to explore the unknown future of Europe. In August 2006, over 200 artists, activists, and cultural workers embarked on a month-long joint travel along the federal highway formerly known as the Highway […]

Tempelmarke [Temple Tag]

Wearable device (2010) Commissioned by the Jewish Museum of Vienna, AT Co-authored with Dietmar Offenhuber Commissioned for the exhibition The Turks in Vienna at the Jewish Museum Vienna, the project Tempelmarke [Temple Tag] explores possibilities of activating history through the embodiment of memory. The exhibition explored the history of the Sephardic Jewish community of Vienna […]

The Fallen Angel

Photograph, wall text, 7 designed souvenirs (2003) Commissioned by the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, DE Fallen Angel explores the emergence of the war souvenirs produced by Bosnian craftspeople who transform artillery shells into vases. Unexpectedly, many people have found that these vases help them deal with their own personal war experiences, perhaps by transforming […]

Survival Mosque

10 photomontages (2005) Survival Mosque addresses the politics of visibility of Muslim minority groups living in the contemporary USA. The survival kit contains elements for self-protection such as the American-flag façade that communicates patriotism, gas-mask, nose filters, and an umbrella for protecting one’s back. The mosque is self-sufficient; the prayer rug supplies its own energy […]

Nomadic Mosque

Wearable device, 12 photographs, video (2005) Nomadic Mosque explores various ways of negotiating spatial relationships between Islamic traditions and modernity in the United States and Western Europe by creating wearable mosques, clothing that can be transformed into prayer rugs. While respecting religious restrictions, Nomadic Mosque aims to redefine traditional forms and functions of mosques in […]

Flocking Mosque

Textile Installation (2008) Commissioned by Manifesta 7, Rovereto, IT Inspired by the geometric motifs of Islamic art, the Flocking Mosque juxtaposes these patterns with the five daily prayers of quotidien Muslim life. One “flower-circle” of this mosque can accommodate a prayer of twelve worshippers, by providing clean surfaces for those body parts that touch the […]

Generic Mosque

In different cultures and in different time periods, places of worship have been traditionally adorned with symbols of devotion; architectural ornament, sculpture and other decorative mediums were used to teach doctrine, as well as create places for prayer.

Kupujmo svoje! [Let us buy ours!]

Video installation (2003) Commissioned by the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, DE This project probes the impromptu survival economy of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The end of the communist era opened up a new and unexplored market for Western products. To question the way international capital in the post-Communist era operated as a mechanism of political and economic […]

Urinelke [Carnation Urinal]

8 Photomontages (2000) If any of the people who plan or rebuild contemporary cities would take the notion of “urbanity” seriously, they would consider the public urinal to be commonplace. However, today’s city planners prefer public toilets even though these are not used very often due to their lack of hygiene and security issues. This […]