Zahra, 2023, Indigo, rust, carob, India ink and marigold on linen, 190 x 135 cm, 74 3/4 x 53 1/8 in
Berlin, January 20, 2024
Opening January 19, 6–8pm
Born in 1978 in Sharjah, UAE, to Somali Parents, Ayan Farah spent her childhood in Sweden and moved to London where she got her MA at the Royal College of Art. She recently returned to Stockholm, but spends considerable time travelling to collect materials from which she makes her own dyes.
Recent grants and residencies include the The Roberts Institute of Art Residency in Scotland, Black Rock in Dakar, Senegal, and Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum in Stockholm. Her work is included in the collections of The Kadist Foundation, Public Art Agency Sweden, the Hill Foundation, El Espacio 23, Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; and the Roberts Institute of Art. Her works have recently included in prominent group shows at El Espacio 23, Cromwell Place (the Roberts Institute of Art) London, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, and Fondazione Prada Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice (all 2023), the Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, and The New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park (all 2022); and the Tarble Arts Centre at Eastern Illinois University, and Whitechapel Gallery in London (both 2018); and Fondation Hipocrine, Paris (2014).
Zahra, 2023, Indigo, rust, carob, India ink and marigold on linen, 190 x 135 cm, 74 3/4 x 53 1/8 in, detail