A queer femme first-generation Lebanese-Canadian, Christina Hajjar is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and organizer. Through poetry, performance, installation, and zines, her practice grapples with diaspora, intergenerational inheritance, and memory. She is passionate about collaboration and skills-sharing as tools of community-building and resistance! She is a co-founder and co-editor of Whiny Femmes, a publication of art and writing by queer femmes of all genders. She is also a co-founder and co-editor of Flux Writing Program at Flux Gallery, exhibiting art by emerging artists. Hajjar is a 2017-2018 recipient of Cartae Open School at aceartinc. and she does arts administration at Creative Manitoba, Flux Gallery, and Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA). She has recently completed undergrads in Women’s and Gender Studies and Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg.
Hajjar’s solo work currently deals with food, nationhood, land, labour, and home. By both engaging and disrupting nostalgia and romanticism, she learns about her homeland from her mother and situates herself through the politics of social location. She performs gestures of becoming and unbecoming as she engages in rituals of healing that account for both trauma, migration, loss, and assimilation, as well as white-passing privilege, straight-passing privilege, and settler complicity. Food is a dominant theme in her work, for its biographical, geographic, intimate, and performative qualities. It is also highly raced, classed, and gendered material. Through the long term goal of creating a memoir cookbook with her mother, she weaves fragments of story together, records recipes, and abstracts intergenerational knowledge through her own processes of embodied inquiry.
Details about experience: See Hajjar’s CV.
Photo on home page by Lindsey Bond.