• Issue
  • Jan 02, 2024

The Artists of 2023: Farah Al Qasimi

Portrait of FARAH AL QASIMI. Photo by Ally Caple. Courtesy Fran

Kohl-lined eyes framed by a leopard-print hijab; a tomato carved into the shape of a rose; an Islamic prayer rug draped over a stack of plastic chairs. These are some of the subjects featured in the richly textured, unabashedly colorful photographs and videos of Abu Dhabi and Brooklyn-based artist Farah Al Qasimi. Warping the everyday into the extraordinary, she depicts the kitsch and often self-contradictory ethos of postmodern life.