Alia Farid
Mezquitas de Puerto Rico [detail], 2014.

Alia Farid

Alia Farid

Alia Farid (b. 1985, Kuwait/Puerto Rico) is a contemporary artist who works at the intersection of art and education through the activation of spaces for critical thinking and action. Alia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico, USA; a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT, Cambridge, MA; and a Masters in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

She has completed residencies at Beta Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Casa Árabe. Córdoba, Spain; the Serpentine Gallery, London, UK; and Mathaf, Doha, Qatar. She currently works at Kuwait’s Heritage and Museums Department of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters in developing public programs and enhancing cross-institutional relationships. Farid is also a curator and she recently curated the Kuwait Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture 2014. For her International Davidoff Art Residency program she will be researching pre-colonial culture and the relationship between various cultures between the Caribbean Islands.


Artistic Statement

I began making work somewhere in between art, architecture, and urban anthropology. Today I’m still interested in these areas, but with a much more focused point in 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.

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