Over the past two decades, the field of Islamic art and architecture has been affected by the political developments and cultural destruction in the Islamic World, the rise of the new art world in the Gulf region, and finally, an increased recognition of interdisciplinary and transcultural approaches in the broader fields of art and architecture. Azra Akšamija who has a background in both fields will address how these factors pose new challenges and opportunities regarding the continuous use of the label “Islamic” dedicated to the study of very diverse aspects of art and architecture of highly heterogeneous and hybrid world cultures. She will outline an alternative perspective in her own work, which she calls “Transcultural Practice”, addressing the pressing concerns over the global societal polarisation around Islamic identity.
Venue: Auditorium (Level 2), School of Art, Design & Media, Nanyang Technological University, 81 Nanyang Drive
When: 8 Oct 2015, 11.50am - 12.30pm