• Conversations on Practice: Farah Al Qasimi

New York- and Dubai-based artist Farah Al Qasimi discusses her recent projects with writer, editor and curator Shumon Basar as part of the Jameel’s ‘Conversations on Practice’ series of artist-led presentations.

Qasimi’s current solo exhibition at the Jameel features photographic works capturing the intimacy of domestic interiors as well as lively, colourful public spaces of leisure and consumption. Together the photographs on display present a personal, fractured and hallucinatory portrait of life in the UAE. Part of the Artists Rooms series, the exhibition is on display until June 8, 2019.

Farah Al Qasimi lives and works between New York, USA and Dubai UAE Farah is an artist working with photography, video and performance. She studied photography and music at Yale University in 2012 and received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2017. Her practice over the years has moved fluidly between private and public spaces and 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. She is currently a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Shumon Basar is a writer, editor and curator. He’s Commissioner of the Global Art Forum, Dubai, Editor-at-Large at Tank magazine, Contributing Editor at Bidoun magazine and director of the Format program at the Architectural Association, London. He has been a founding member of the ‘Thought Council’ at the Fondazione Prada, Milan; as well as in the Curatorial Council for Art Jameel. His last book was ‘The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present,’ co-authored with Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist.