Performing Community Garden (2021, video and limited edition prints, Kurdistan)

About the artist
(1973, Kurdistan, lives in Canada)
Khadija Baker is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist of Kurdish-Syrian descent. Baker moved to Canada from Syria in 2001; completed his MFA studies at Concordia University in 2012. He is a founder of the Center for Oral History & Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. His installations deal with social and political themes centered on the uncertainty of home in relation to persecution, identity, displacement and memory. Her multidisciplinary installations often combine textiles, sculpture, performance, sound and video and involve participatory and performed narratives and to create active spaces for greater understanding. Baker continues his research-creation at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) at Concordia University.

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Artist statement
A performative installation that includes the participation of community members. I am in a public space wearing a dress with several plants. Each plant has the name of a person. The names belong to civilians who have been lost or displaced due to violent situations in various local communities. I also add the names of survivors who recently arrived in Canada. I place my body in a public space, a garden, and then invite people to take a plant with a name, thus taking care of a stranger.


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