A queer femme first-generation Lebanese-Canadian, Christina Hajjar is a multidisciplinary 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! Hajjar is a 2018-19 recipient of the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) and was a 2017-18 recipient of Cartae Open School at aceartinc. Hajjar co-runs Flux Gallery and co-edits the Flux Writing Program to cultivate emerging art and writing practices. Hajjar is co-creator of zines Whiny Femmes (with art and writing by queer femmes of all genders) and Carnation (with art and writing addressing displacement and diaspora). She has recently completed undergrads in Women’s and Gender Studies and Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg. Hajjar is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
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 trauma, migration, loss, assimilation, white-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.
Photo on home page by Lindsey Bond.