Photo Credit: Mandana Mansouri

Photo Credit: Mandana Mansouri

[Lebanese, b. 1984, based in Vancouver, Canada]

Ghinwa Yassine is an anti-disciplinary artist based in Vancouver. Her work uses a variety of media including film, installation, performance, text and drawing. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon at the end of the civil war there, yet she’s affected by traumatic amnesia, making memory and its unreliability a recurrent driver in her work. 

Her projects, narrative-based for the most part, start from personal and historical memories that are experienced relationally and address themes such as safety, resiliency, anxiety, empathy, and survival. Using hybrid forms of storytelling, where story manifests as somatic experiencing, ritual and gesture, she explores the intersections of fact and fiction in autobiographical narrativity. Yassine pursues a community-based research around the collective healing potential of autobiographical art, teaching collaborative writing techniques that she has developed over the years.