Arab Women Artists’ Residency: Farah Al Qasimi

Oct 18 – Oct 31, 2019

The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

The EFA Studio Program hosted artist Farah Al Qasimi. Working from a dedicated studio in the acclaimed 90-studio arts building in Manhattan, Farah got to be part of a vibrant, cooperative community dedicated to fostering professional development and encouraging open exchange between artists, curators, critics, and the public.

Farah is an Emirati artist and musician whose work locates the fantastic in the everyday and explores how consumer culture seduces people with promises of beauty or self-improvement.

An artist and musician, Farah Al Qasimi graduated from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in Photography, where she also studied music, earning a Bachelor’s degree. Her practice has moved fluidly between private and public spaces, but the content has primarily remained focused on locating the fantastic in the everyday. She also explores how consumer culture seduces people, particularly women, with promises of beauty or self-improvement.

Al Qasimi has participated in residencies at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, at her studio in Dubai and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Most recently, she participated in the Sheikha Salama Foundation and Rhode Island School of Design Emerging Artist Fellowship. Recent shows include More Good News (Helena Anrather, 2017) Coming Up Roses at The Third Line, Dubai (2016), the first Biennial for Arab Photography at Institut du Monde Arabe. Paris (2015); Emirati Expressions at Manarat al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2015); Walls and Margins at the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah (2015); Accented at Maraya Art Center, Sharjah (2016); and The World is Sinking at The Third Line, Dubai (2014).

Her work is housed in public collections including Barjeel Art Foundation and Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE.