Present Tense
My father’s family is from Syria, originally from a town in the northwest called Mashta al-Helu, from which I bear my last name. Looking for ways to voice my despair over violence in the Middle East, I started to produce works claiming my own Arab roots. The project is a conceptual investigation of the frictions that emerge at the intersection of Middle-Eastern lineage and queerness.

This is an autobiographical exploration of my own internalized feelings about homophobia while addressing the complexities and stereotypes of my immigrant heritage.
Holding a tintype of myself
I commissioned Kari Orvik, a San Francisco photographer specialized in producing tintype, to make a portrait of me.