Post Your Map :: Posted Cards Online
We will regularly be presenting a featured artist, writer or performer who is exploring questions of identity and personal narrative through their medium of expression.
The map is your representation. No rigid lines, no defined routes. You direct it on your own account.
Artist: Nehal El-Hadi
Title: Posted Cards Online
Nomadic is the word that best describes my geographical history - stints in Sudan, Oman, and the U.K. I’ve lived in Canada since 1999, the longest time I’ve cumulatively spent in one country. During this time, I’ve received mail at 12 addresses, taken thousands of photographs and written countless words. Posted Cards Online uses photographs I’ve taken and recombines them with fragments from my writings, highlighting key moments that shaped different aspects of my identity. Each image and its accompanying text are brought together with the use of metadata tags. This project also explores the non-linear nature of memory, and the revisionist, romanticist nature of reminiscence.
Tags accompanying this post: Toronto, half of a pair, scorpio, Sizzla, romance, ten
Tags: Khartoum, ghazal, grandparents, Sufism, homesickness, heredity
Tags: Regina, outcast, masculinity, acceptance, parole
Tags: Regina, ragheads, dollmaker, Afghanistan invasion, rodeo
Tags: Toronto, epidemic, natural, fusion, dilution, Arabic
Tags: Ottawa, Erykah Badu, foreign affairs, alienation, betrayal
Tags: Havana, debt, mixed race, frustration, infidelity, gossip
Tags: Khartoum, purge, market, obligation, faith, superficiality
Tags: Regina, instability, discounts, amnesia, three hours, psych ward
Tags: Montreal, culture clash, fire escape, escape, dismissal
Nehal El-Hadi is a writer and cultural producer. Born in Sudan, she has lived and studied in the United Kingdom, Sudan, and Oman. Nehal is currently based in Toronto, and her work explores the intersections of culture, identity, urban spaces, and environment.