In collaboration with OBORO, Festival Accès Asie will present the performance Don’t leave me… I am still alive by multidisciplinary artist Khadija Baker.
On Friday, May 9th at 5:30 pm, OBORO centre will present a poetic and immersive multimedia piece that will take a look at the plight of children who are victims of violence in a context of civil war.
Drawing inspiration from the phrase ‘Don’t leave me… I am still alive’ that was uttered by a young Syrian girl who survived a recent chemical attack in Syria, Khadija Baker will mix video, lighting effects, music and performance to immerse the audience at the heart of a disturbing story. Her own body will be an integral part of her piece, and she will also invite the audience to actively participate in her project. Through various strong and evocative symbols, the artist wishes to give a voice to women and children who are affected by civil war. Accompanied by Janet Lumb who will play live music to follow the emotion, Baker will blend into the projected images and videos to offer a moving performance.
With Don’t leave me… I am still alive, Khadija Baker hopes to pave the way for active reflection and empathy that can lead to concrete action and to a new consciousness. She wonders about the power that art has in allowing social causes to evolve and touch people directly. A unique and poignant event that is not to be missed and that will undoubtedly touch people’s hearts.
Of Syrian Kurdish origins, Khadija Baker is a multidisciplinary artist who creates installations that combine video, textile and sound. Her work explores social and political themes related to persecution, exile and memory. Baker immigrated to Canada in 2001 and completed an MFA in Open Media at Concordia University. She won several awards, namely from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres of Québec. Her work has been shown in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London, Berlin, Marseille, Beirut, Damascus and at the Biennale of Sydney in 2012.
Janet Lumb is a musician and saxophone player with several decades of experience working with dancers, poets and painters. She has been exploring her visual interests as a composer for film music for over 20 years. She is the founder of Festival Accès Asie. Through her work with the festival, she was able to merge her passions for the arts, culture, community and social activism.
Khadija Baker – Interdisciplinary artist
Janet Lumb – Musician