NADA Artadia Award, New York 2018

Farah Al-Qasimi, <em>Furniture Market, Stray Cat</em>, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Helena Anrather.

Farah Al-Qasimi, Furniture Market, Stray Cat, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Helena Anrather.

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) and Artadia announced Farah Al Qasimi as the recipient of the 2018 New York NADA Artadia Award, a $5,000 unrestricted, merit-based Award granted to one artist exhibiting at the fair. Al Qasimi’s work was exhibited at the Helena Anrather, booth 4.02 at NADA New York.

A jury comprising two renowned curators, Natalie Bell, Associate Curator, the New Museum, and Alexis Lowry, Associate Curator, Dia Art Foundation, selected Al Qasimi. This is the eleventh time NADA and Artadia have partnered to present the Award.

“Farah Al Qasimi’s richly textured, strikingly composed photographs address want, expectation, identity, and global consumer culture, and stood out for their incisive eloquence,“ stated Lowry. “In spite of their directness, Farah’s photos function on a number of levels and in a very simple sense, I find them interesting both for what they allude to — here, the aesthetics and material culture of hospitality (from upholstery to the soap bar on the bidet) — and what they obscure, which is often the specific identity of the sitters,” continued Bell.