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there is superstition (2023)

2023, the 23rd year of the 3rd millennium, is, according to the UN, the international year of Millets. Millet is a super grain – high in protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human consumption. As the global climate emergency worsens, the war in Ukraine continues and economic disparities rise, we all face degrees of food insecurity.

In these uncertain times, superstitious beliefs can provide a false sense of control over our lives and provide some relief from anxiety. According to Sir James George Frazer in The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion, “superstitions are found probably in all human societies.” These unscientific beliefs may be religious, cultural, or personal but once you know that a superstition applies, most people don’t want to tempt fate.

This year’s series, There is superstition is a collaboration between myself and 12 guest artists. Each video will focus on a superstition proposed by one of the artists. Through different collaborative methods we will create a short video presented the first of each month. So, I dare you to step on a crack, break a mirror and schedule an important event on the Friday the 13th.

Fatik Baran Mandal, Superstitions: A Culturally Transmitted Human Behavior, International Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 8 No. 4, 2018, pp. 65-69. doi: 10.5923/j.ijpbs.20180804.02. http://article.sapub.org/10.5923.j.ijpbs.20180804.02.html

Frazer, Sir James George. “The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion” Cosmo Publications, 2005.

an eye for an eye

In Egypt, Lebanon and in many Middle Eastern cultures, the evil eye is a form of protection from a curse that causes misfortune. The amulet can be worn through jewelry or placed around the house and other spaces to ward off evil spirits. The Evil Eye interests me because it is a reminder for me to stay humble with my achievements without flaunting them to protect myself from envy or jealousy that surrounds me that I am unaware of. – Reem Al-Wakeal

The January video is a collaboration between Reem Al-Wakeal and me.
Reem Al-Wakeal is a Toronto based multidisciplinary creative of Egyptian and Lebanese descent. She works with different mediums including video, photography, design and occasionally artist multiples. Her works explore themes of nature and identity such as culture and religion. As an emerging artist, she continues to explore different topics and mediums of work through research. Reem has had her work featured in ARTSIDEOUT, Gallery 1265, in/progress Magazine, the Annual Juried Art Exhibition the Annual ACM Studio Art Exhibition at the University of Toronto, Beaver Hall Gallery, and Trinity Square.

Posted January 1, 2023