Hajjar’s practice is invested in food and its biographical, geographic, intimate, and performative qualities. Salt Stain is a performance 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. Two videos—shown simultaneously side-by-side at the corner of a room—involve gestures of becoming and unbecoming as Hajjar engages her family in a ritual of healing.
One video is at the site of Hajjar’s mother’s home; they plant a grapevine and roll warak arish. The other video is at the site of a park where Hajjar and her mother had previously picked grapeleaves together; Hajjar returns to perform a ritual with her mother’s preserved grapeleaves.
Videography and editing by Hassaan Ashraf
This work was developed at Cartae Open School at aceartinc. It exhibited at aceartinc in the Cartae Open School Exhibition and screened at HAFLA Detroit at the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) Creators Network Gathering, in conjunction with the Allied Media Conference.