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NEWSText: Aya Shomura

Farah Al Qasimi, Butcher's Shop, 2014, 76.2 x 101.6 cm

Farah Al Qasimi, Butcher’s Shop, 2014, 76.2 x 101.6 cm

For the opening Project Space exhibition of the fall season, The Third Line will hold a exhibition “The World is Sinking” by photographer and musician Farah Al Qasimi, a series of new photographs that traces locations in and around Dubai. Exploring surfaces and facades meant to represent idealistic aspirations, the images provide an idiosyncratic and humorous approach to the multi-dimensional, multi-cultural and increasingly hyper globalisation of the UAE in the last few decades. 


Farah’s art practice is based around photographing the unusual, and often overlooked, places where she finds herself positioned. For The World is Sinking, she takes a more introspective look at the Emirates, where she grew up.

The artist is fascinated with the rapid change of local landscape in the name of growth and development, and finds that many rushed attempts end up in near comical results, at the same time creating a sense of alienation towards its own inhabitants. The sense of urgency, disembowelled by the lack of balance, repeatedly leads to changes that are unsustainable and often nonsensical.

Farah attempts to capture this strange landscape, reflecting the implications of change in a more personal language and deliberating how dreaming big has become second nature to the UAE and its inhabitants.

Farah Al Qasimi “The World is Sinking”
Date: September 24th – November 9th, 2014
Open: 10:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Friday)
Place: The Third Line
Address: Street 6, Industrial area Al Quoz 3, Dubai
Tel: +971 4 341 1367

Text: Aya Shomura

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