Farah Salem

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Farah Salem

  • January 15, 2021 – December 15, 2021
  • Chicago, IL

Farah Salem (she/her) is an artist and art therapist from Kuwait, whose photo, performance, and installation practice questions the potential erasure of sociocultural conditioning, focusing on the gendered nature of trauma as it is embedded within her experiences as an Arab woman. Her studio and art therapy practices are bridged by social activism. In both, she focuses on community building through art-making, investigating the use of materials for social-emotional wellbeing, accessibility of mental health services, and raising awareness about domestic and gender-based violence. She holds a BA in Visual Communications from Gulf University for Science and Technology and an MA in Art Therapy from SAIC. Farah’s work has been exhibited at United Photo Industries (New York), Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Site Galleries (Chicago), La Galerie (Dubai), and Contemporary Art Platform (Kuwait). 

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