July 17 to September 6, 2022

Identity / ʌɪ'dɛntɪti / the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.

Identity / ʌɪ'dɛntɪti / the characteristics determining who or what a person or thing is.
Culture /ˈkəlCHər/ is the shared characteristics of a group of people which encompasses, place of birth, religion, language, cuisine, social behaviour, art, literature, and music.

Mazen Khadaj is a queer Lebanese artist.

He was born in Aley to an Arabic-speaking, esoteric, ethnoreligious group known as Druze /drooz/.

Mazen has been threatened by the Druze court. They demanded that he cease to use the elements of their cultural identity in his video art.

Does Mazen have to pick between his cultural identity, and his sexual orientation?

How does Mazen deal with his forced migration?

Lebanon is 9,384 km away, but the echoing of their ideals is in our back yard.

On May 2022 a petition was created with almost 40,000 signatures demanding Western University to remove the depiction of hijab from their LGBTQ+ post.

And the LGBTQ+ were deleted.

Does Western University believe women have to pick between their cultural identity and their sexual orientation?