New faculty

ACT announces two new faculty members

Associate Professor Renée Green is an artist, filmmaker and writer. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events her work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented. She also focuses on the effects of a changing transcultural sphere on what can now be made and thought.  Her exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums, biennales and festivals.

In 2010, Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams, a survey exhibition highlighting her time-based work was organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and Ongoing Becomings is a survey exhibition of 20 years of her work that was organized in 2009 by the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne.  Prof. Green has had solo and group exhibitions in a variety of international venues and she has published books, essays and fictions in Transition, October, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst, Spex, Multitudes, Sarai Reader, and Collapse among other magazines and journals. Her essays have also appeared in an assortment of international cultural and scholarly books.

Green has been a Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1997-2001); a Distinguished Artist/Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara (2003-2005), and Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor at the San Francisco Art Institute (2005-2011). She is also a guest faculty at the Maumaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon since 2000, as well as of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of Art since 1991, where she was Director of its Studio program in 1996-1997.

Assistant Professor Azra Aksamija is a Sarajevo born artist and architectural historian. Committed to an interdisciplinary practice, her work investigates the potency of public art to facilitate the process of transformative mediation in cultural or political conflicts, and in so doing, provide a framework for researching, analyzing, and intervening in contested socio-political realities. Her recent projects focus on representation of Islamic identities in the West, spatial mediation of identity politics, Orientalism, and cultural interaction through art and architecture.  Her projects take shape though different types of media, including clothing, video, performance, sculpture and / or new media. The thematic focus of her work on identity-construction and conflict-mediation though artistic representation has evolved from her personal experience of fleeing Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990s war and subsequently resettling in Austria. These experiences have pushed her to seek out more peaceful ways of coexistence, to which she dedicates most of my intellectual efforts as an artist and scholar. 

Aksamija 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. She completed her Ph.D. dissertation in 2011 in the Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (History Theory and Criticism Section / Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture).