Alia Farid was born in 1985 and lives and works in Kuwait
and Puerto Rico, countries she is both from and whose complex colonial
histories she reveals through drawings, objects, spatial installations and
film. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de
Puerto Rico (San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual
Arts Program at MIT (Cambridge, MA), and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and
Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at MACBA (Barcelona).
"I began making work between art, architecture, and
urban anthropology. Today I’m still interested in these areas, but with a more
focused point on telling how informal networks are forced to make up for lack
of formal structure, as one of the things I value most is the subversive
quality of work that goes unnoticed… often self-initiated."
One of Farid’s most ambitious projects to date has been
curating Acquiring Modernity, the Pavilion of Kuwait at the 14th International
Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. During this time she led a
collective investigation analyzing the arrival of modernity in the young State
of Kuwait and the concurrent effects on cultural productivity throughout this
accelerated period of urban transformation propelled by the discovery of oil.
For Farid, the Pavilion of Kuwait in Venice was just one moment of visibility
in a larger project that aimed to encourage critical and aesthetic thinking in
a country dominated by indoctrination. Exceeding the limits and duration of the
pavilion, she set up a yearlong “temporary school” drawing in people from
different disciplines to discuss the correlations between perception and the
shaping of environments.
Farid has completed residencies at Beta Local (San Juan),
Casa Árabe in conjunction with Delfina Foundation (Córdoba, Spain), Mathaf:
Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha), Davidoff Art Initiative (La Romana), The
Serpentine Galleries (London), La Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), and
marra.tein (Beirut). Recent and upcoming shows include participation in the
32nd Bienal de São Paulo, the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil,
The 12th Gwangju Biennale, and Sharjah Biennial 14; Recent and upcoming solo
shows of her work have been presented at NC-arte (Bogotá), Galerie Imane Farès
(Paris) and Sultan Gallery (Kuwait). She is also a recipient of the 2018 Art
Jameel Commission (Dubai).
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