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Farah Al Qasimi: Back and Forth Disco
January 29, 2020 - May 17, 2020Free
On January 29, Public Art Fund debuted Back and Forth Disco, a 100-site photography exhibition by artist Farah Al Qasimi. For this new body of work, Al Qasimi, who works between Brooklyn and Dubai, has created 17 photographs that explore the beauty of ephemeral moments amidst a city’s visual and audible noise. For the first time, Al Qasimi has taken New York City as her subject matter. Focusing primarily on immigrant neighborhoods that resonate with her own experience, she photographs local communities where small businesses thrive. Al Qasimi captures vibrant instances of self-expression that break through the chaos and anonymity of the city: a woman dressed in a bright yellow jacket and elaborate hair accessory talking on the phone, or the decorative chandelier installed in a bodega by its owner demonstrate the embellishment of the everyday. This will mark the second exhibition in the Public Art Fund-JCDecaux partnership for which a series of newly-commissioned photographs will be presented on bus shelters across all five boroughs. Back and Forth Disco is Al Qasimi’s first institutional solo show in New York and will be on view from January 29 through May 17, 2020.