CHRISTINA HAJJAR is a queer femme first-generation Lebanese-Canadian artist, writer, and cultural worker. She is passionate about collaboration and skills-sharing as tools of community-building and resistance. Her artistic and curatorial interests consider domesticity, labour, and place through diaspora, body archives, and cultural iconography. Her multidisciplinary practice involves photography, film, installation, zines, poetry, and performance art.
Hajjar was a 2020 PLATFORM Photography Award winner, enabling her to present her first solo exhibition, Don’t Forget to Count Your Blessings. Inspired by hookah lounges, the exhibition complicates an Arab diasporic experience by unpacking quotidian objects and language. Her zine, Diaspora Daughter / Diaspora Dyke (2020), is similarly interested in the sentimentality of everyday objects and the embodiment of intergenerational knowledge. Her practice has grown out of an interest in food, and you can read her food culture column, Feeding Diaspora, online at The Uniter.
Hajjar is a co-founder of Carnation Zine, publishing artwork and writing on diaspora and displacement by BIPOC. Volume 2 (Pleasure) will be published in Summer 2021. Hajjar was a 2020-2021 curatorial intern at the School of Art Gallery, University of Manitoba, where she created and directed the SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) Film Festival, and performed research on the aesthetic practices of queer diaspora, culminating in a curated group exhibition, cause to become.
She has undergraduate degrees in Business and Adminstration and Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She considers herself a self- and community- taught artist. She was a 2017-2018 participant of Cartae Open School at aceartinc, as well as a 2018-2019 and 2020-2021 participant of the Foundation Mentorship Program at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA).
Hajjar is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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Header photo by Hassaan Ashraf | Christina Hajjar, Salt Stain, performance, 2018.