Publication - The Lands within Me
 Expressions by Canadian artists of Arab origin

    Publication - The Lands within Me
Expressions by Canadian artists
of Arab origin
Edited by Aïda Kaouk with
the collaboration of Dominique Bourque
140 pages
30 b/w images and
70 color images
$45.00 (paper)
ISBN 0-660-19088-5

There is not a single culture - and by extension
not a single cultural identity - which is not the "product of blending and cross-pollination": the result of our "openness to the other".

The Lands within Me has been conceived as a space for creation, reflexion and personal testimony about cultural métissage. In effect, this work addresses the fact that we are all culturally mixed beings in a perpetual state of becoming, and teaches us as much about ourselves as about others.

At a time when ethnic and religious membership is used for political ends - often with devastating
effect - it is important to realize that cultural identities in the contemporary world are both myriad and complex. It was with this awareness that The Lands within Me was created - a chant d'amour to the culturally interwoven worlds of the imagination.

Today, whether in Beirut, Paris, Algiers, Port-au-Prince, Montreal, Cairo, Toronto, Colombo or Trinidad, promising new and creative identities are being built - identities that must be developed, nurtured and preserved. This is the message transmitted by the artists and authors of The Lands within Me.

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