Farah Al Qasimi

Artadia Awardee

“Farah Al Qasimi’s richly textured, strikingly composed photographs address want, expectation, identity, and global consumer culture, and stood out for their incisive eloquence,” stated Lowry. “In spite of their directness, Farah’s photos function on a number of levels and in a very simple sense, I find them interesting both for what they allude to — here, the aesthetics and material culture of hospitality (from upholstery to the soap bar on the bidet) — and what they obscure, which is often the specific identity of the sitters.”

-Natalie Bell

Farah Al Qasimi (b. Abu Dhabi, 1991) is an artist and musician. She received her BA from Yale University and her MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art.

Selected exhibitions include More Good News at Helena Anrather (NYC), No to The Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects at CCS Bard (Annondale-on-Hudson, NY), Coming Up Roses at The Third Line (Dubai), the first Biennial for Arab Photography at Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), Walls and Margins at the Barjeel Art Foundation (Sharjah); and Emirati Expressions at Manarat al Saadiyat (Abu Dhabi).

Farah has participated in residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Delfina Foundation, and at the Burren College of Art. In 2014, she participated in the Sheikha Salama Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship in Abu Dhabi. Her work is housed in public collections including the Barjeel Art Foundation and Maraya Art Centre (both Sharjah, UAE).

Farah is currently based between NYC and Dubai.

Farah Al Qasimi is the recipient of the 2018 NADA New York Artadia Award.