Art Gallery: 'Mosque Manifesto' by Azra Akšamija showing at The Anderson

“Mosque Manifesto” by Azra Aksamija will be on view at The Anderson through Jan. 6.

“Mosque Manifesto” by artist Azra Akšamija is showing at The Anderson, the exhibition and program space for VCUarts, the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The show includes objects and proposals that were developed in connection with “Mosque Manifesto: Propositions for Spaces of Coexistence,” the artist’s 2015 book dedicated to innovative mosque designs that include “wearable” mosques.

Akšamija sees the mosque as a place that provides for the spiritual needs of its community while also advancing an exchange between cultures.

According to the gallery’s statement for the show, “Mosque Manifesto’ re-conceptualizes the mosque not as a fixed location or architectural type but rather as a nomadic, educational and performative social space” for activities both religious and secular.

“In many places around the world, including the United States, we’ve seen an erosion of meaningful dialogue between Muslim and non-Muslim communities,” said gallery director Chase Westfall. “With ‘Mosque Manifesto,’ Azra outlines and explores a set of propositions for reimagining the ‘mosque,’ not as a defensive or cloistered space but as an inclusive forum for interfaith dialogue and communal coexistence.”

The show runs through Jan. 6 at 907½ W. Franklin St. Hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For details, call (804) 828-7720 or visit www.arts.vcu.edu/programs/theanderson.

— Jo Lord

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