Do you think I am defined by my ethnicity?

Do you think I am defined by my ethnicity?

Habib Hajallie

My Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage tends to feed directly into my practice. I look to convey a sense of empowerment to often marginalised ethnic groups in the western world, through the exploration of cultural identity.

Within my practice, I seek to create a discourse regarding society’s perception of people to be of varying humanistic values. With the disenfranchised lower earners and ethnic minorities usually being undermined by the mainstream media. This hierarchy of status shows a somewhat paradoxical reflection of colonial ideals in relation to the transatlantic slave trade.

My intrigue in using found objects as canvases for my works has been a constant within my practice. This process of bringing new value to often disregarded items creates a cohesion between the concepts behind the work and the aesthetic output. As I seek to empower various figures; I simultaneously seek to do so with the ground used.

The regular use of biro pen enables me to use traditional draughtsman techniques, taking influence from Da Vinci’s sketches during the high renaissance.

Through an almost contradictory process of using the relatively modern art medium, the biro with this classical approach to mark making: I look to bring portraiture back to the forefront of contemporary art