Azra Akšamija – Sanctuary / Kunsthaus Graz, Styria

Azra Akšamija & Future Heritage Lab, T-Serai, 2019, Installationsansicht / installation view Venice Biennale 2021 © Azra Akšamija & Future Heritage Lab (Detail)

05.07.2024 – 06.10.2024

In a search for traces of the conditions and possibilities of agreement, for signs and places of human coexistence, the artist and architect Azra Akšamija opens up shelters of various kinds at Kunsthaus Graz. The works in Sanctuary (‘sanctuary’, ‘place of protection’) range from identity-forming clothing for today and tomorrow to a customisable shelter tent for refugees and the joint production and processing of recycled textiles.
The exhibition, curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Alexandra Trost, explores the concept of the ‘safe harbour’ and focuses on social, ethical and ecological sustainability. It poses questions about the consumer economy in which we participate and in which we live. She provides us with tools with which we can become active ourselves through unbiased rededication and productive appropriation.
Akšamija, who today heads the Art, Culture and Technology programme at MIT in Massachusetts and whose works have been exhibited at venues ranging from the Venice Biennale to the Sharjah Museums, has been known in Graz for a long time. Having fled the war in Yugoslavia with her family, the artist grew up in Graz and exhibited her work many years ago in institutions such as < rotor > and Forum Stadtpark. Now the Kunsthaus Graz is dedicating a solo exhibition to her.

Azra Akšamija – Sanctuary
05.07.2024 – 06.10.2024
Kunsthaus Graz