ln the Presence of Absence: Call for Photographs

in the presence of absence


In anticipation of Palestinian-Canadian artist Jude Abu Zaineh’s forthcoming solo exhibition ln the Presence of Absence (June – September 2022), the artist is inviting individuals of Middle Eastern and North African descent to digitally upload images drawn from their family albums that speak to histories of exile, displacement, and migrations. Abu Zaineh will be using these images and integrating them in installations that will include seeds cultivated from local community gardens. 

ln the Presence of Absence maps experiences of exile, belonging, and intergenerational strength to demonstrate the realities of mass migrations, experienced by many Middle Eastern people. This new work by Jude Abu Zaineh will include bio-art installations, neon works, and photographs that parallel the experience of seed growth with migration: both undergo transplantation, and both can 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.

If you’d like to participate, please submit your photographs by clicking the link below. Any questions about the project can be directed to Abbey Lee Hallett at We cannot wait to receive your photographs and questions!

The call for photographs will be open until February 28th, 2022.

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

CLICK HERE to submit your photograph