Location: Arts Court Studio
by Jude Abu Zineh
Curated by Amin Alsaden
In this intervention, Jude Abu Zaineh explores the soft power of food, especially for diasporic communities with a precarious connection to ancestral homelands. Comprising a performance, screening, and dinner gathering hosted by the artist, Ingesting Home convenes guests around Palestinian food, poetry, and folk stories. A strong sense of community is often formed around meals in Palestine and the Arab world, while hunger strikes are routinely used as potent forms of protest. Food is also a great equalizer, transcending social divides and national borders, providing a taste of home even when home might be inaccessible. The intervention offers a moment of reflection around a dinner table, on the meanings of food here and there, and its potential as a site of learning, exchange, and growth.
Jude Abu Zaineh is a Palestinian-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker. Her practice relies on the use of art, food, and technology to investigate meanings of culture, displacement, diaspora, and belonging. She examines ideals of home and community while working to develop aesthetics rooted in her childhood and upbringing in the Middle East. Abu Zaineh is the recipient of the 2020 William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists, and was one of the first selected artists to participate in a collaborative residency with the Ontario Science Centre and MOCA Toronto (Canada). She has presented her work nationally and internationally including Cultivamos Cultura, São Luis, Portugal; Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisbon, Portugal; Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City, Mexico; SVA, NYC, USA; Forest City Gallery, London, Canada; Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada; with forthcoming exhibitions at Centre Culturel Canadien, Paris, France; and the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Canada. Abu Zaineh received an MFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and is currently pursuing her PhD in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY, USA) as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. She maintains an active studio practice between upstate NY, USA and Windsor-Essex, Canada.