Farah Salem (Kuwaiti, b.1991) is a Chicago-based artist and art therapist/counselor. Her multidisciplinary practice is rooted within photography and expands into video, performance, fiber and installation. Farah finds subtle affinities between natural landscapes, the performing body, fiber-material structures, metaphors from her cultural upbringing, an understanding of the human psyche, geologic time, movement, music/dance traditions and rituals in The Arabian Peninsula. In her process, she is merging present experiences of human and geologic happenings, while looking at themes of access, agency, power, and the invisibly visible.
She holds an MA in Art Therapy and Counseling from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Farah’s work has been featured at Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), American University Museum Katzen Art Center (Washington DC), United Photo Industries (New York), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE), and Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait).
Image: Farah Salem, Power to See (2019). Fiber/Video Installation, 10 Minute Video.