Christian Sleiman (1994, Beirut) is a Lebanese artist based in Beirut. He double majored in Architecture (Master’s Degree) from University of Holy Spirit Kaslik and Fine Arts (Bachelor’s Degree) from the Lebanese University. His practice examines vegetative souls through minor rituals, fabulations and recipes. Using food as a medium for day to day survival, the practice weaves a collection of invitations between foraging, cooking and serving food to explore the political implications of eating and its communal value. These acts reveal a deeper communal understanding of ecosystems and the seasonality of lands passed on through generational knowledge.
After his fellowship in Home Workspace program with Ashkal Alwan in 2020, he worked on an artist book titled a brief Introduction to tesliq funded by Mophradat and AFAC. “Tesliq” is a dialect commonly used in rural areas of Lebanon that translates to foraging. The book explores the politics of plant-growth in a highly fabricated setup in Beirut while using foraging as a tool to reclaim food and land in the city. In one of his recent researches during a program with the Goethe-Institut Libanon, he explored the performative aspect of foraging through a set of rituals derived from oral histories. The performance consisted of invitations that went from making tea remedies with foraged shrubs from the city to sharing a meal together. Alongside his recent performances, Christian’s drawings were published recently in Mizna Comix Issue 2021 and Samandal Comes issue #17.