Farah Salem

1991 born in Kuwait City, Kuwait and lives in Chicago, USA. 

Farah Salem graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and 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, she uses these landscapes to engage in conversations with captured frames, performances, and installations. The main themes that she works with are socio-cultural topics influenced by intersectional feminism and social justice theories, as well as existential questioning inspired by theories of philosophies of Sufism and Zen-Buddhism Philosopher Alan Watts.

Farah has attended artist residencies locally and internationally, from Per|Form at Contemporary Art Platform in Kuwait, to the Crossway Foundation UK’s Journey to Turkey.  Farah is an Award winning artist, she is the Laureate winner of the International Women Photographers Award 2017. Her book titled In-between the Skyline of Kuwait City has been published by Kuwait National Council of Culture, Art and Letters.

She is also an exhibiting artist, where she had her first solo exhibition and book launch in Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait. She has also exhibited at JAAM Gallery in Dubai, Parfitt Gallery in London, Ka Fotoğraf Atölyesi in Ankara Turkey, E-Werk in Friegburg Germany, Centro Cultural CEEE Eirico Verissimo in Porto Alegre Brazil, SITES Gallery at School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, and in the Bolivia Biennale in Centro Cultural De Santa Cruz.


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