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Emirati Artist Farah Al Qasimi to Screen Her Solo Show in America

The Emirati artist is speaking of her first long form video piece.


“It’s been exciting to learn how to let a story unfold slowly,” says Farah Al Qasimi. The Emirati artist is speaking of her first long form video piece “Um al Naar (Mother of Fire, 2019)”, which will soon be screened at her first institutional solo show in USA, at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Um al Naar was first shown at Art Basel Statements and is a 40 minute video that is structured as a TV documentary. It follows a jinn or ghost-like spirit that appears beneath a patterned sheet and delivers a confessional monologue. “It was a challenge to animate the jinn character without the use of limbs or a face,” says Al Qasimi.

Through this work, Al Qasimi ruminates on Portuguese and British colonialism and how it shaped the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, “the influence of European encroachment on the region,” and Euro-centric museology practices to display historical artifacts. It will feature alongside a group of recent photographs.

The multi-disciplinary artist works with mediums of photography, video and performance to consider how images inscribe identity along the lines of gender, nationality and class. Following her US showcase, Al Qasimi will open another solo show at The Third Line, a Dubai-based gallery representing Middle Eastern contemporary artists on September 18th.

Source: Vogue Arabia

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