Illuminations

Photos @yalla.nawal Sweethearts @arablovegram Select earrings @sayran Studio space @greenhouse.artlab Artist Statement Christina Hajjar and Noelle Sagher’s moodboards explore the overlaps of their interrelated cultures. Working as diasporic Arab millennial artists based in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Treaty 1 Territory and Homeland of the Métis Nation), they arrange adornments, cultural paraphernalia, and storied foods to create a third space of identity and…

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Ghanouj

Photos by Leif Norman Artist Statement | In Ghanouj Christina Hajjar engages love languages of her diasporic arab femme identity. Situated at a coffee table, she uses roses, rose tea, and sweethearts through sculpture, consumption, and recitation. Group Exhibition | Performed at Not the Camera, But the Filing Cabinet: Performative Body Archives in Contemporary Art, Gallery…

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Carnation

Carnation is a new submission-based zine! We publish art and writing created through a lens of diaspora and displacement, prioritizing contributions from BIPOC (black, Indigenous, and people of colour). Carnation is edited by Christina Hajjar, Luther Konadu, and Mariana Muñoz Gomez. We are based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory and the Homeland…

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Whiny Femmes

Whiny Femmes is a submission-based collection of art and writing by queer femmes of all genders. The zine is a space to honour the multiplicity of femme lived experience and is an attempt to foster a space of sharing, tenderness, resistance, and healing. Whiny Femmes celebrates sassy/ grumpy/ sad/ pouty/ loudmouth/ extra/ resilient/ resistant/ badass/ bratty/ takenoshit/ tough/ tender/ bitter/ sweet…

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Warak Arish #1-20

Warak Arish #1-20 is a performative work in progress since 2017. Following the celebration of Hajjar’s family’s celebration of living in Canada for 20 years, the artist will unravel a can of warak arish in a different site per year lived in Canada. This work is informed by questions on home, displacement, assimilation, and settler…

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Winter Road

Published in Return Atacama (2019), Gesture Series, HemiPress, 2019. Monica Mercedes Martinez (poem) & Christina Hajjar (filming & editing), Winter Road, 2018, 34 sec, Atacama Desert, Chile.

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Salt Stain

Hajjar’s practice is invested in food and its biographical, geographic, intimate, and performative qualities. Salt Stain is a video installation around her processes with warak arish (stuffed grape leaves) that demonstrate her relationship with her mother’s body memory and with land, labour, and home. The two videos—shown simultaneously side-by-side at the corner of a room—involve…

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preserve/decay

preserve/decay is part of a working series where Hajjar learns and records her mother’s recipes, then performs a reflective process after each one. This process deepens her connection with a feminist praxis between the kitchen, her family’s stories, feminist scholars, and her body. Following her learning on baklava, she asked her mother for more knowledge…

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Homesick

Christina Hajjar, Homesick, performance, 2017. Photo by Callie Lugosi. Artist Statement “Homesick” is part of a working series of experimental performances in response to my experiences of Lebanese diaspora. This series involves cooking with my mother and recording her recipes since she does everything from body memory. With each food item that I learn I…

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CONSTELACIONES

2016-2017 Art collective member and project coordinator CONSTELACIONES was a project-based collective for Return Atacama, where the group traveled to Chile’s infamously storied Atacama Desert to return a large set of vibrant sculptural forms. The heavy ceramic forms, created by Martinez, are woven from stratified layers of Chilean history and from diasporic and nomadic trajectories resulting from the…

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