• Farah Salem

    Farah Salem

    Photography | Kuwait

  • Farah Salem

    Farah Salem

    Photography | Kuwait

About Farah Salem

Farah is a visual artist from Kuwait. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications. Farah is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counselling program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her studio practice, she works with various mediums including photography, video, performance, installation, projection/light and other mixed media materials. Working in both urban and natural landscapes, the artist uses these landscapes to engage in conversations with captured frames, performances, and installations. The artist had an early background in street photography and the processes of creative improvisation which have influenced her current conceptual and creative approach, where Farah is inspired by unexpected results. The main themes that she works with are socio-cultural topics influenced by intersectional feminism and social justice theories, and existential questioning inspired by theories of philosophies of Alan Watts and Sufism.

Through her artwork, she questions ways of erasing socio-cultural conditioning, by looking at societal gendered trauma, particularly rooted within her experience as an Arab woman, and debates ways of defeating silence and overcoming boundaries of a restricting culture. In a censored society, she uses her artwork as a platform to creatively expressing her concerns about gender roles and considers ways of reversing them. This is often reflected through the traditional Muslim-Arab garments that appear in her work, which serve as a gendered soft textile architectural structure and become an extension of the female body in relation to their contextual landscape. Other themes such as existential questioning appear in her work through exploring ways of being, conscious and mindful processes of making, and reflecting on the “I” in all of us. Farah attempts to capture the portals and space between two or more worlds. Her art making process engages personal memories while reflecting on present surroundings and involves others sharing similar stories.

 

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