Alia Farid

ARTIST Alia Farid

Video/ Installation
Born in Kuwait 1985
Lives and works in Kuwait and Puerto Rico

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.




A Stage for Any Revolution, commissariat Amal Khalaf, Centre for Possible Studies / Edgware Road Project, Serpentine Galleries, Londres, Royaume-Uni


Public Drinking Fountain, en coopération avec le Pavillon Nordique à la 14e Biennale d’Architecture de Venise (Nina Frang Høyum, Nina Berre, Gro Bonesmo, Jørgen Vidnes

Minaret for Multiple Voices, commissariat Michelle Dezember, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar


Monstruo Marino, commissariat Edgardo Larregui, La Perla Habla, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Ric

Expositions majeures


12th Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea
Formas caídas. Un proyecto de Alia Farid, NC Arte, Bogota, Colombia


20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, curated by Solange Farkas, São Paulo, Brasil
Between Dig and Display, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France


Incerteza viva (Live Uncertainty) 32e Biennale de São Paulo, commissariat Jochen Volz, São Paulo, Brésil


Calibán, commissariat Marina Reyes Franco, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC), Chicago, États-Unis
Building Imaginary Bridges Over Hard Ground, commissariat Luiza Teixeira de Freitas,
Marker 2015, Art Dubai, Dubaï, Émirats Arabes Unis


Calibán, commissariat Marina Reyes Franco, Instituto de Cervantes, New York, New York
Calibán, commissariat Marina Reyes Franco, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Micro-acciónes de Emergencia, commissariat Claudia Segura Campins et Inés Jover, ADN Platform, San Cugat de Valles, Espagne


Cave 2, commissariat Mike Egan, Ramiken Crucible Gallery, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico


Articularé, MIT Visual Arts Program, organisé par Ute Meta Bauer et Antoni Muntadas, Cambridge, États-Unis


Bienal Arte Nuevo Interactiva 07, commissariat Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Blanquet, Mexique
LAUNCH: New Work, New Space, MIT Visual Arts Program, commissariat Ute Meta Bauer et Antoni Muntadas, Building N55, Cambridge, États-Unis
Cortometrajes, commissariat Quintín Rivera, AREA, Caguas, Puerto Rico


Wild Girls, commissariat Jeanette Ingerbaum et Papo Colo, Exit Art, New York, New York
Festival International de Video/Arte/Electrónica (VAE11), commissariat Alejandro Quinteros, Peru


New Voices in Video Art, commissariat Nelson Rivera Rosario, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (MAC), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ninjas Killed My Family, Need Money For Kung Fu Lessons, commissariat Luis Agosto-Leduc.
Galería Comercial, San Juan, Puerto Rico


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