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“But with some foods, relished privately or with others, a specter of home can be (re)created, which can be as nourishing, as imperceptible, and as fleeting as the mundane act of holding and ingesting a date.”

Publication: “Home in My Palms.” Dawat Yan Banquet Project, by Mariam Magsi and Eric Chengyang, AGO x RBC Artists-in-Residence. Toronto, March 2022.


Keywords: food, dates, fruit, palm, trees, orchards, plants, displacement, memories, history, place, landscape, geography, home, belonging, contemporary, art, Baghdad, Iraq, South West Asia, North Africa

Image: Amin Alsaden