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Khadija Baker (Montreal): Performing Community Garden

Khadija Baker’s “Performing Community Garden is a performative installation, including participation by members of the community. The artist will stand in a public space wearing a dress that carries a number of plants. Each plant will have the name of a person. The names belong to mostly civilians who were lost or displaced through violent situations. Khadija Baker will also add the names of survivors who have recently arrived in Canada. The artist will position her body in a highly visible public space, and invite people to take a plant. Each person she gives a plant to, she will tell them a story about the name attached to that plant. 

About the artist

khadijaBakerAM-AV-300x300-c-default.jpgKhadija Baker is a Montreal-based, multidisciplinary artist of Kurdish-Syrian descent. She is also a core member of the Centre for Oral History & Digital Storytelling (COHDS) at Concordia University. Her installations investigate social and political themes centered on the uncertainty of home as it relates to persecution, identity, displacement, and memory. As a witness to traumatic events, unsettled feelings of home are a part of her experience. Her multi-disciplinary installations (textile, sculpture, audio/video) involve participative storytelling and performance to create active spaces of empathy and greater understanding.