Alia Farid (b. 1985) works at the intersection of art and architecture. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico (Viejo San Juan), a Master of Science in Visual Studies from the Visual Arts Program at MIT(Cambridge, MA), and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies and Critical Theory from the Programa d’Estudis Independents at MACBA (Barcelona). Her work is expressed through videos, spatial installations, drawings and other mediums.
« 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 on 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. »
Alia Farid’s most ambitious project to date has been curating the Pavilion of Kuwait at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, which, despite its appearance at La Biennale di Venezia, placed emphasis on what participation could induce locally in an environment driven by ideologies incongruent with critical and aesthetic thought. Since then, she has participated in numerous exhibitions and biennials, including the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the Gwangju Biennale (2018), and the Sharjah Biennale (2019).