Emma Haraké is an educator, visual artist, researcher and community organizer from Beirut, living and working in Tio’tia:ke (Montreal). She holds a Master’s in art education from Concordia University and a BFA from the Lebanese University. Her research interests include autobiographical and arts-based inquiries, memory work, and oral history. Emma has years of work experience in various cultural, academic, and community settings and locates her work within collaborative and community-based practices.
Mumtalakat is a multi-part outreach project by the Leonard and Ellen Bina Gallery exploring the meanings embedded in personal objects belonging to Arabic-speaking immigrants. Grounded in oral history processes and comprising workshops, an exhibition, and other events, each iteration of the project will provide a context to meet and consider ways of recollection and image making in Arabic. The project as a whole considers the complexities of collaborative processes, questioning conventions of the researcher/educator as main author, prioritizing participants’ perspectives, and investigating how to negotiate these relations and viewpoints through an exhibition and public events.