Ms. Alia Farid | Public Art & Intervention
This workshop is meant to offer an overview on the history and evolution of public art and how we view the city, from traditional monuments to anti-monuments and public interventions how meaning is superimposed on territory. Participants in this course are expected to render their own proposal for a public art project, “monument” or intervention that responds to a specific setting within Kuwait. Participants are free to choose the medium they wish to work in and proposals may be ephemeral and
Lectures and Workshop Schedule:
Free Artist Talk: 11 September: 7:00 – 8:00 pm Promenade Culture Centre (2nd Floor of Promenade Mall)
Workshop: 17 – 22 September
• Day 1 (17 September) Introduction to workshop: 2:00 - 6:00 pm at American University of Kuwait (Room B312)
• Day 2 (18 September) Walking class: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Marina Mall and Green island
• Day 3 (19 September) Ideas, work, review: 2:00 - 6:00 pm at American University of Kuwait (Room B312)
• Day 4 (20 September) Installation or execution of the work: various times and locations of your choosing
• Day 5 (21 September) Exhibition and constructive criticism with 2 eternal reviewers: American University of Kuwait (Room B312)
• Day 6 (22 September) Exhibition Reception: Time and Location TBA
Alia Farid (b. 1985) 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 Arts Plasticas 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 work.
One of Farid’s most ambitious projects to date has been curating Acquiring Modernity, Kuwait’s participation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. During this time she led a collective investigation that analyzed the arrival of modernity in Kuwait and concurrent effects on cultural productivity during this accelerated period of urban transformation propelled by the discovery of oil. Exceeding the limits and duration of the pavilion, she set up a yearlong “temporary school” that drew people in from different disciplines to discuss 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 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) and Arab Fund for Culture and Arts (AFAC) Visual Arts Production Grant.