This October, join ICP in conversation with Farah Al Qasimi for our seasonal lecture series ICP Talks.

Farah Al Qasimi is a photographer, artist, and filmmaker exploring consumerism, gender, class, and multi-cultural identities that exist within and between the U.S. and the Persian Gulf, more specifically the United Arab Emirates where she was raised. Deploying a maximalist aesthetic with bright, vibrant colors, her still lifes and portraits capture cultural traditions and individual style behind seemingly ordinary moments within American and Persian gulf communities. For her ICP Talks, Al Qasimi will discuss her expansive practice including recent collaboration with Public Art Fund that showcased her photographs of street scenes, interiors of local bodegas, and people from across NYC, on over 100 city bus stations around the city.

This program is being offered both in person at ICP, located on NYC's Lower East Side, and online. Tickets to attend the conversation in person are $5 and do not include access to ICP’s galleries. To visit the museum before ICP Talks, reserve your ticket here. In person and online tickets are not interchangeable.

About the Series

ICP Talks is ICP’s Photographer’s lecture series sponsored by MPB. Join us monthly each season for four one-hour lectures featuring renowned photographers who champion social change through photography, employ exciting alternative and emerging practices, or explore critical questions about the form. Past speakers include Jess T. Dugan, Jeff Wall, Smita Sharma, Hassan Hajjaj, Joshua Rashaad McFadden, and more. The Fall season takes place online and in-person from September through December and features Guadalupe Rosales, Farah Al-Qasimi, and Marvin Heiferman. Additional speakers to be announced.

Current ICP students and faculty of the One-Year Certificate programs are automatically enrolled.

Farah Al Qasimi (b. 1991, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) works with photography, video, music and performance.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis; Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai; CCS Bard Galleries at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; The Third Line, Dubai; The List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto. She has participated in residencies at the Delfina Foundation, London; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine; and is a recipient of the Art Basel Miami Legacy Purchase Program Prize, the New York NADA Artadia Prize; an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship; and the 2020 Capricious Photo Award. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; and Huis Marseille, Museum for Photography, Amsterdam. Al Qasimi received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from the Yale School of Art.

Her first monograph, Hello Future, published by Capricious in 2021, was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Book of the Year Award.

ICP Talks is made possible through generous support from MPB. MPB transforms the way that people buy, sell and trade in photo and video kit. The world’s largest online platform for used photography and videography equipment, MPB is a destination for everyone, whether you’ve just discovered your passion for visual storytelling or you’re already a pro.

Installation image by Paul Salveson, courtesy Francois Ghebaly.