Farah Al Qasimi | It's Not Easy Being Seen

Farah Al Qasimi
It's Not Easy Being Seen
An Alserkal Avenue Programming Commission 

Farah Al Qasimi is an Emirati artist known for her unique photographic style that locates the fantastic in the everyday. For her commission, she explores the invisible labour of women in the cycle of creation and consumption, through the mediums of photography, performance and video. Developing in stages over the next five months, the first iteration will be presented in November as a photographic image in The Yard at Alserkal Avenue, using a massive temporary hording as its supporting structure. Later iterations will include a series of short videos, in which the artist performs repetitive tasks without being fully visible. Taking place inside domestic and commercial spaces, these invisible performances repeat the effects of capitalism on the female body, and reference the intimate relation between artistic labour and creative production.  

Farah Al Qasimi’s Biography: Born in Abu Dhabi and now based between New Haven Connecticut and Abu Dhabi, Farah Al Qasimi is an artist and musician. Farah studied photography and music at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, and is currently an MFA candidate in the Photography programme at Yale School of Art. Farah has participated in residencies at the Burren College of Art in Ireland, at her studio in Dubai (with the support of the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation) 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 the first Biennial for Arab Photography at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Emirati Expressions at Manarat al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi; Walls and Margins at the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Accented at Maraya Art Center, Sharjah; and The World is Sinking at The Third Line, Dubai.