Food is the most intimate part of our lives. It connects us with our spirits, bodies, communities and our ecology.
From a very young age, I was fascinated by the way we produce and prepare our food and herbs. How we grow, harvest, cook and share. And of course, how it makes us feel. Over the years, my curiosity led me to study and practice in a range of disciplines, developing a holistic approach to my practice.
I trained as a photographer in 2007, and have since studied and practiced in herbalism, nutrition, sociology and philosophy. Over the last decade, my art practice has evolved beyond photography into a research-based practice across various art mediums including film, with a focus on telling stories. Most of these stories became about food.
I’m interested in the space where art and health intersect, exploring food history and anthropology. My work usually takes a documentarian approach combining photography, film, sound and installation practices. I draw on themes around health, culture, identity, feminism, spirituality and people’s place in society and the natural world.
My artwork has been exhibited at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (Melbourne), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), International Arts & Health Conference at the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Alderman Gallery (Melbourne), Sustainable Living Festival (Melbourne), Transitions Film Festival (Melbourne & Adelaide), Environmental Film Festival (Melbourne), Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (Milan), Hidden Features Cinema (Edinburgh), Life Sciences Film Festival (Prague), Palestine Museum of Natural History (Bethlehem), Little Woods Gallery (Melbourne) and Footscray Community Arts Centre (Melbourne).
In 2017, I launched my organic herbal tea business Beit e’Shai (House of Tea in Arabic, pronounced bayt eh shy). All teas and tisanes are handmade using 100% natural blends from certified organic ingredients and blends are informed by traditional Arabic medicine and Palestinian herbalism.
On this website you’ll find news and updates about my work and tea business, upcoming exhibitions and other musings.