Ibrahim Abusitta is a visual artist of Palestinian origin who lives and works in Toronto. His art deals primarily with issues of transcultural identity, including issues of stereotyping, exclusion and the Western tendency to ‘other’ those who are non-Caucasian.
Al-Kanady (2013) is a performative work that is at once a personal reflection and journey that integrates the artist’s Eastern self and Western self. In creating a traditional Arab garment out of denim, a material associated with Canada, Abusitta symbolically marries his sense of cultural duality. The documentation of this performance, though stunning, is awkward; Abusitta truly does appear out of place in his hybrid clothing. This visual sense of discomfort exemplifies the artist’s own experience as an Arab male living in Canada, who is faced with a sense of cultural duality and the challenge that comes with living in a post 9/11 world.