In the Presence of Absence: Call for Photographs

A photograph of a woman with long, dark hair, with her back to the camera, looking out over a series of palm trees.

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About the Project

In the Presence of Absence maps experiences of exile, belonging, and intergenerational strength, speaking to ongoing histories and realities of mass migrations. For this exhibition, Abu Zaineh will be commissioned to create bio-art installations, neon works, and photographs that parallel the experience of seed growth with migration: both undergo transplantation and flourish in new terrains.

This exhibition forms part of Below the 6, a series of exhibitions that focuses on artists based in Southwestern Ontario whose practices are socially and politically minded. Below the 6 is guest curated by Noor Alé and is generously supported by TD Canada Trust.

About the Artist

Photograph of Jude Abu Zaineh, who has shoulder-length brown hair, dark brown eyes, and a slight smile. She is wearing light blue overalls and looks steadily at the camera.
Image credit: Kamryn Cusumano

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.

Abu Zaineh received an MFA from the University of Windsor (Canada) and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY, USA) as an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

She maintains an active studio practice between upstate NY, USA, and Windsor-Essex, Canada.

About the Curator