“I immigrated from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. I was born there, but I don’t have the Saudi passport. I was born as a Palestinian refugee under my father. Both my parents are Palestinian, and although I have never been to Palestine, I identify as Palestinian.”
Jana is a 24 year old artist. She recently received her BFA in printmaking, and was honoured with the medal in her program. Her artwork explores her identity, culture, ideas of home, and sense of place. Jana loves watching films and contributing to community projects such as the Palestinian film festival. Jana’s favourite place to be is wherever she can make her work. That way she can reflect on and understand herself better, and she can also stay true to herself which is most important to her. One thing she’s realized about herself and come to love is how empathetic and intuitive she is. She told me these qualities really come through when she is making her art. When I asked Jana what one thing is that she knows for sure she told me, “Our collective energy and efforts can make a change no matter how big or small that change is, if it is positive it will lead to something greater!”
What is most important to you?
Being true to myself. Making work that is honest to how I feel.
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
I have a fear of sharks and heights.