Tracing Threads: Meet the Artist

Azra Aksamija discusses her installation ‘Coring America’

Coring America is a textile art installation probing the notion of the contemporary American identity through the lens of an iconic sample of the American culture—the T-Shirt. This material is assembled, disassembled, and reassembled to form an aggregate visualization of the diverse cultural landscape and the global consumerist economy in which Americans participate and exist. The various components of the installation—the stack of T-shirts reminiscent of a core sample, the looms made of shredded T-shirts, and the technical “Process Drawing”—reveal the complex cultural, economic, social, and environmental layers embedded in the textile medium. These components are utilized to deconstruct the established national myths of American Exceptionalism, highlighting the realities of American Imperialism. Thereby, the material narratives of migration, cultural mobility, global interdependence, and environmental crisis weave a wishful perspective on the future American lifestyle. To become less indifferent to the social costs of maintaining our lifestyles means to become more open to the voices of others, not as a negotiating technique, but as an indispensable part of our planet’s chorus.

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Oct 8, 2022
03:30 PM
- 04:00 PM
MIT Museum: Tracing Threads Gallery
MIT Museum, Gambrill Center, 314 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142
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