The Lands Within Me

Expressions by Canadian Artists of Arab Origin

Edited by Aida Kaouk
Categories: Non-classifiable
Publisher: Canadian Museum of History
Paperback : 9780660190884, 139 pages, December 1969

Table of contents

Preface--Alexis NoussAcknowledgementsIntroduction--Aida KaoukPart OneJana--Abla FarhoudTravel Notes--Rawi HageWhere to Start? A Parent's Soul-Searching--Camille ZakhariaPacking Light--Laura MarksThe Art of Leaving Traces--Lamberto TassinariThe Orient or the Trajectory of Memory--Serge OuakninePart TwoWorks of Art and Artist RemarksArtistsCollaboratorsAppendicesLebanon-Canada, via Bahrain--Camille Zakharia ("Mother's letter")A Place for Rose--Bernice Lutfie Sorge ("I think of my mother")


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 mtissage. 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.