Feeding Diaspora

A food culture column through the lens of diaspora, race, and queerness published online and in print at The Uniter.   Commemoration and creative intervention: Chefs politicize space January 31, 2019 “When diasporic chefs create meals, they are creating moments of home to share with others. This act of sharing and consumption is then elevated…

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Tumbleweed

Mom said we come from the mountain people     in Beqaa valley and I wonder if all those winds wrapped her     tumbleweed here Mom says she will retire somewhere hot to rest easy and give her skin the sun it needs to heal new     anywhere but here The thing about tumbleweeds is they don’t find their…

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A Response to Sophie Sabet’s exhibition, Since We Last Spoke

Flux Gallery, 27 October – 4 November 2017 JANUARY 9, 2018   SINCE WE LAST SPOKE; AN INVITATION Sophie Sabet’s Since We Last Spoke is a three-channel video installation, self-described as “exploring the intricacies and tribulations of a modern Iranian-Canadian home.” With its goal of representing the impact of migration, displacement, and interpersonal and cultural…

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Kitchen Pedagogy

Published in From the Root, “Home,” issue 4 SPRING, 2017   In the kitchen she tells me stories what it was like   Her narratives interrupted by life stuff – the baby, the phone, her sub-stories intermittent with her instructions I am tunnel vision: pen. paper.   To record her hand’s memory Of ratios for…

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(Sk)Inquiring Self(ie)—Representations: Aesthetic Agency, Ethics, & the Other

Published in Crossings, No. 1 (2017) Abstract Selfies are powerful communicators embodying a mediated understanding of the self, curating identity through social media. Editing and repurposing a selfie in art-making creates more symbolic representation, as seen in the work of Art Hoe Collective working at the intersection of race and gender oppression. Theoretical concepts of…

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Whitewashed Rainbows

Racial exclusion in Winnipeg’s queer communities DECEMBER 3, 2014   Trigger Warning: blackface, racism, violence Disclaimer: I am speaking as a queer person of colour but from a privileged white-passing, straight-passing, cis, able-bodied perspective. I would also like to acknowledge that people of colour, lgbttq*, and queer are not meant to essentialize the people within…

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Sex, Drugs, and Dressing Up

A practical guide to having your festival fun without ruining someone else’s JUNE 3, 2015 Sex, drugs, and dressing up. Most people will agree that these are a huge part of music festivals, whether or not they choose to partake in them. Festivals, especially the ones people camp at, draw a huge party crowd of…

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