An interdisciplinary artist, organizer, and student, Christina Hajjar explores resistance, feminism, and identity by making, thinking, moving, and sharing. She is a queer femme cis woman and first generation Lebanese-Canadian living in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory. Hajjar’s practice grapples with themes of diaspora, self-discovery, inherited trauma, and memory. As an academic, planner, and maker, her attention to process and mindfulness embraces the slow, tender, radical, and collaborative. She uses art as a point of connection within her communities by participating in artist collectives, facilitating group projects, organizing workshops, creating zines, and amplifying the voices of individuals at the intersections of multiple oppressions.
She has co-founded an open mic night for queer and trans people of colour with QPOC Winnipeg which fosters local talent and occasionally features out-of-town performers. She has co-led a community made quilt for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit with the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, and the We Care Campaign MMIW which will be permanently installed at University of Winnipeg in Fall 2016. She founded Flock Art Collective, a young feminist art group at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art, facilitating weekly meetings and organizing a group installation. Her work with CONSTELACIONES art collective (Monica Martinez, Roewan Crowe, Doris Difarnecio, Helene Vosters) involves a series of performances on their “Return Atacama” project which address the Chilean coup, displacement, solidarity, and kinship. They performed at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics Encuentro in Chile, Summer 2016 and are working to publish a digital book. At the conference she was also a part of the “Artist as Repertoire: Unceded Imaginaries” work group with other performance artists.
Hajjar uses agency to explore memories written on the body, unsettle dominant narratives, and work towards discovery and healing. She commits herself to grappling with space, place, race, gender, and sexuality – engaging with criticality in a way that asks too many questions, revels in the complexities of people and time, and carries an abundant hope and compassion towards radical reimagining.