ACT alumna Alia Farid (SMVisS ’08) is the 2023-2024 David and Roberta Logie Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute.
In her artwork, Alia Farid (b. 1985) brings together a variety of media, including writing, drawing, film, and sculpture. She has had solo exhibitions in Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, in Missouri; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunstinstituut Melly, in Rotterdam; and Portikus, in Frankfurt am Main. Recent and upcoming group shows include participation in the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art; Bienal de São Paulo; Gwangju Biennale; Sharjah Biennial; Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2001, at MoMA PS1; Whitney Biennial; and Yokohama Triennale. She has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery and Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain and is among the shortlisted artists for Artes Mundi 10 prize.
At Radcliffe, Farid is working on an artist’s book, to be published by Siglio Press, that responds to the images and texts produced by photographers who frame the southern marshes of Iraq as a primordial space. She is also part of the exhibition Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites, and Climate Crisis (running September 18 – December 16, 2023). Join Farid on Friday, December 8, for a tour of Water Stories: River Goddesses, Ancestral Rites, and Climate Crisis and a discussion of the artwork Chibayish, 2023. Chibayish is part of a larger group of works that Farid has developed since 2018, focused on the impact of extractive industries on southern Iraq and Kuwait’s ecological and social fabric.
Farid has a bachelor of fine arts from Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a master of science in visual studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master of arts in museum studies and critical theory from the Independent Studies Programme at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona. She is the 2023 recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award.