FEB 10, 2014 , CONCEPTUAL FINE ARTS
Ayan Farahâ€™s soft, light and transparent self-recording
Ayan Farah was born 1978 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Exposed until the 7th of March at Bugada&Gargnel in Paris, Farahâ€™s two paintings of our gallery take their force from an alchemical combination of alcohol, vinegar and salt, mixed together whit the dye on a thin, light and mischievous canvas made of silk. As other artists are doing today â€“ Sam Falls and Valerie Snobeck are certainly among them â€“ Farah is working on the relation between the structure and the medium, sometimes using the stretcher as a mere support, and the canvas as a soft, light and transparent recording device. Moreover, the medium is exposed to the sun, wind and rain, in a way that of course recalls Sam Falls, but also Ryan Forster and, from a certain point of view, Lee Kit and Jessica Warboys. Just like them, the â€śexperienceâ€ť that generates the artwork is conceived to reflect directly the artistâ€™s intimacy and individuality. In Farahâ€™s case itâ€™s difficult, if not probably wrong, to read her poetic approach without taking into account ethics and aesthetics of the culture to which she belongs. However, be careful, identity is not to be considered the subject of the work.
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Born: 1978 in Sharjah, UAE
Born in the United Arab Emirates to Somali parents, Ayan Farah was raised in Sharjah and Stockholm before moving to London. She graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2006 and the Royal College of Art in 2012. Since then, she has completed the Eileen Shona Residency at Robert Devereux and Vanessa Branson's island in Scotland, and was named Artist in Residence at The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She had her first major solo show at Vigo Gallery in London in 2012. Farah has also participated in recent group shows at The Hole in New York, Dover Street Arts Club (alongside Analia Saban, Oscar Tuazon, Josh Smith and Nathan Hylden), Contemporary Art Society and Patrick Heide Contemporary Art in London, and Konsthall C in Stockholm. Future plans following her solo presentation in Vigo Gallery's booth at the 2013 Untitled Art Fair and the "2014 Artists To Watch" exhibition at the M Building in Miami include a project with the National Museum of Sweden, Stockholm and an exhibition at Soho House Berlin. Her work is included in the collection of the David Roberts Art Foundation.