ARTIST STATEMENT

Born in Canada, brought up in the Middle East, Melina Querel engages with an interdisciplinary practice. Her practice often takes the form of – but is not limited to – performance art, video, text-based work, installations and social media interactions. Querel’s body is at the core of each work: exploring physical endurance, her social and cultural identity, or the existential existence of dyslexia. She investigates social and cultural norms, and how they influence the way the body moves, interacts and presents itself in the public spaces. She believes that the body and its identifiers; one’s gender, nationality, culture, race, and social class, lead one to navigate and move in the world in a distinct way. Through her practice, Querel bring awareness and challenge these conventional behaviours in order to gain agency over her body.

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