For Montreal-based Syrian-Kurdish artist Khadija Baker, the act of remembering is a means of reimagining identity. With Birds Crossing Borders, the artist has created a multimedia installation incorporating sound, video, falling water, and other effects dedicated to developing a common memory through storytelling. Here, Baker shares the collected stories of newly arrived refugees, in particular those displaced by the current conflict in Syria.
Since immigrating to Canada in 2001, Baker has used her art practice to build understanding about cultural complexities arising from war and displacement. Her most recent work was presented at Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Contemporary Istanbul art fair, and Festival International d’Art Vidéo de Casablanca.