****The Hanan حنان (Tender) Project****
The “Hanan (Tender) Project” has existed in different garments, styles, and colorways, but always returns to the same format and concept. In Arabic, Hanan translates to “tender”, or “compassionate.” I print my name in Arabic not only as a way to validate it to Western audiences but also to divert our understanding of English as a global standard. I want to dispel the stigma of Arabic as a potentially dangerous language, living in a post 911 world, and transform Americans’ perception to see the Arabic language exist on something beautiful. To have the word “tender” on our bodies reminds us of our collective empathy as humans, experiencing this world together.