Jude Abu Zaineh
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: July 10–August 10, 2023 FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: FORMations, 5 min, 2023
FORMations, 5 min, 2023
FORMations reflects the natural ecology of Southwestern Ontario’s food and flora. Sampling the earth, indigenous and collected plant species, and leftover foods, it examines constant evolution within an ever-shifting cultural and geographical landscape. The petri dish environment makes visible the invisible by encouraging microbial and bacterial communities that naturally exist within food and our overall surroundings. This enclosed environment makes metaphorical connections to often ignored or erased narratives, and the layered complexities of hybrid existences that many newcomers (human and nonhuman species) experience in their respective, evolving habitats.
FORMations is a visual nod to the artist’s cultural heritage, referencing geometric forms found in Southwest Asia and North African architecture and Islamic art, while acknowledging the larger landscapes, foods, resources, and diverse ecosystems in Southwestern Ontario. It also references As The Crow Flies, Museum London’s artist garden by Ron Benner.
I focus on themes of diaspora, culture, and identity politics in my work. I’m constantly exploring the nuances of language, translation—the failures of translation—because of my interdisciplinary approach. Sometimes that manifests in text (Arabic/English), and sometimes it’s more illustrative, depending on the medium and topic at hand.—Jude Abu Zaineh
Watch an interview with Jude Abu Zaineh about her work In the Presence of Absence at AWE on CBC
Southwest Seen features new commissions made by three artists with meaningful connections to Southwestern Ontario, and whose practices reflect this region’s diverse culture and history. Outdoor-facing projections from Museum London’s Centre at the Forks, overlooking the Deshkan Ziibi (Thames River), occur during hours of darkness from December 2022–August 2023.
Southwest Seen features these newly commissioned moving image artworks by Calla Moya (Canada), Racquel Rowe (Barbados/Canada), and Jude Abu Zaineh (Kuwait/Canada/USA). Museum London acknowledges support from the Artist-Presenter Collaboration Projects Program at the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario. Special thank you to the London Ontario Media Arts Association, and Southwest Seen jury members Christine Negus, Evond Blake (aka MEDIAH), Anahí González Terán, and Amanda Myers/Kitaay Bizhikikwe.
All stills, photographs, and artwork for FORMations (2023) courtesy of Jude Abu Zaineh. Screening co-presented with Museum London.