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Code of Ethics Workshop with Dr. Azra Aksamija

May 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Artist and architectural historian Dr. Azra Aksamija will be holding a workshop at the Dallas Museum of Art, as part of the Islamic Art Presentations 

*Dr. Aksamija will also be giving a lecture from 1:15-2 in the Horchow auditorium. If you would like to attend the lecture, please purchase a general admission ticket to the Islamic Art Presentations here. If you would only like to the attend the workshop, purchase the tickets here.

Artist and architectural historian Dr. Azra Aksamija will be holding a workshop at the Dallas Museum of Art, as part of the Islamic Art Presentations presented by the Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. IARS is a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.

The workshop will be held from 2-3:15PM at the Center for Creative Connections (C3) at the DMA.*


CODE OF ETHICS: Guidelines for Cultural Interventions in the Humanitarian Context

The Code of Ethics is an online platform that investigates the ethics of artistic and cultural interventions in the humanitarian context towards the formulation of a guideline for practitioners in the fields related to design (art, architecture, design, urban planning, preservation, education and technology). When it comes to working with communities in crisis, the line between solidarity and compassion towards profit and exploitation is easily crossed. The Code of Ethics offers a shared channel for dissemination of questions, reflections, and dilemmas that design practitioners face when working in fragile environments. The Code features ethical considerations for a critical practice crowdsourced from participants across various disciplines and locations. The entries include contributions from artists and art institutions, educational institutions (faculty, researchers, students), preservation experts (historians, museum curators, preservationists), NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief, and refugees.
Each entry features one critical ethical question, with a brief elaboration and reference to a specific project or problem.The workshop will present an overview of the ethical concerns that relate to artistic/cultural work in the refugee camps through a section previous entries. Workshop participants will be invited to contribute to this growing Code of Ethics by creating one short entry for the online platform. All workshop entries will be discussed in an open conversation.
For more information, visit: www.codeofethics.online

Azra Akšamija is an artist and architectural historian, Director of the MIT Future Heritage Lab and an Associate Professor in the MIT Art, Culture and Technology Program. In her multi-disciplinary work, Akšamija investigates the politics of identity and memory on the scale of the body (clothing and wearable technologies), on the civic scale (religious architecture and cultural institutions), and within the context of history and global cultural flows. Her projects explore cultural responses to conflict and crisis though transcultural aesthetics, civic preservation, and co-creation, and in so doing, provide a framework for analyzing and intervening in contested socio-political realities. Akšamija’s recent academic research focuses on the representation of Islam in the West, destruction of cultural heritage and reconstruction of memory in the Balkans and the MENA region. Her book, Mosque Manifesto, published 2015 by Revolver, provides a critical response to politics of representation of Islam in the
West through designed forms of cultural mobility. Her work has been published and exhibited in leading international venues such as at the Generali Foundation Vienna, Valencia Biennial, Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, Liverpool Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Sculpture Center New York, Secession Vienna, Manifesta 7, Stroom The Hague, the Royal Academy of Arts London, Jewish Museum Berlin, Queens Museum of Art in New York, Qalandiya International, London Biennale – Manila Pollination 2016 and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini as a part of the 54th Art Biennale in Venice. She received the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013 for her design of the prayer space in the Islamic Cemetery Altach, Austria.



Islamic Art Revival Series
The Islamic Art Revival Series (IARS) is a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, designed to increase awareness and build bridges of cultural understanding through the arts. Started in 2011 by a cross-cultural coalition of businesses and nonprofit leaders, students and small business owners, the IARS includes a diverse group of women and men, who are passionate about sharing the rich cultural relevance of Islamic Art and to enhancing cross-cultural understanding.


Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive. It was established in 1909 and has since placed art and diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate. The Museum pursues excellence in collecting and programming, presents works of art across cultures and time, and is a driving force in contemporary art. They have Strengthened their position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.


Crow Collection of Asian Art
The Crow Collection of Asian Art features a variety of galleries and spaces with changing exhibitions featuring the arts and cultures of Asia, including China, Japan, India, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines, from the ancient to the contemporary. Twenty years in operation, this lovingly curated free museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of the Dallas Arts District. Dedicated to providing art and service to the Dallas-Fort Worth community with an emphasis on shared learning and fun.


Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX 75201 United States
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