Azra Aksamija with Kyong Park: Lost Highway Expedition
Center Affiliate Azra Aksamija speaks about the Lost Highway Expedition with Kyong Park. Lost Highway Expedition will begin in Ljubljana, and travel through Zagreb, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina, Tirana, Podgorica to conclude in Sarajevo, comprised of two days of events at each city and one day of travel in between. The events may include guided tours, presentations and forums by local experts, workshops between the participating travelers and local participants, discussions, exhibitions, radio shows, picnics and other events that can be self-produced by the host cities.
Members of the Lost Highway Expedition do not have to travel or stay together and can enter and exit the expedition for any length of time and at any point. Participants are to self organize, support and realize their journey in the “Highway of Post Brotherhood and Non Unity.”
Azra Aksamija is an artist and architect based in Cambridge, USA. She became a graduate affiliate of The Center for Advanced Visual Studies in the fall of 2005. In fall 2004 she began her PhD candidacy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture / Department for History Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1976, she graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Technical University Graz, Austria in 2001, and received her M.Arch from Princeton University, USA in 2004. Her work has been widely published and exhibited in venues such as the Generali Foundation Vienna (2002), Biennial de Valencia (2003), Berlin Art Fair (2003), Graz Biennial of Media and Architecture (2003), Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (2003), and Liverpool Biennial (2004). She is currently researching her dissertation on contemporary Islamic architecture in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina and the place of Islam in Western Europe and the United States.
Architect Kyong Park is the founder/director of International Center for Urban Ecology, a nomadic laboratory for future cities, based in Detroit and New York. He was also the founder of Storefront for Art and Architecture, an experimental forum and exhibition space in New York.