OPEN STUDIOS via the Brooklyn Museum:
An art event on September 8 and 9, 2012:
Open Studios all over Brooklyn.
43 hall street, 615, brooklyn, 11211back elevator to floor 6, make a right to studio 615my studio is open noon-5 PM each day
For more information about the Go Brooklyn Art event:
+Contemporary, Sakshi Gallery, Chennai, India. March 2012
M.F. Husain, S.H. Raza, Jamini Roy, F.N. Souza, Ram Kumar, Ravinder Reddy, Surendran Nair, Sunil Gawde, N.S. Harsha, Fariba Salma Alam, Samanta Batra, Rekha Rodwittiya, Sachin Tekade, Sabir Ali, Remen Chopra
+Tenth Parallel, Contemporary Photography from India & South America
Foundazione Fotographia, Modena, Italy
Samanta Batra Mehta, Nikhil Chopra, Amar Kanwar Fariba Salma Alam, Ketaki Sheth, Sudarshan Shetty, Dayanita Singh, Raghubir Singh , Vivan Sundaram, Claudia Andujar , Luz Maria Bedoya, Adriana Bustos , Duville Matias, Laura Glusman, Mark Pando, Ishmael Randall Weeks , Sara Branch, Rosangela Renna, Restiffe Mauro, Sebastian Szyd, David Zink Yi
curated by Filippo Maggia at
Former St. Augustine Hospital
+India Art Summit, Delhi, India
Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
November 24-27, 2011
FARIBA S. ALAM is a Brooklyn, NY based photographer born in Massachusetts.
Her work has been shown at The American Museum of Natural History, The Queens Museum, The Asia Society, Exit Art, The Museum of African Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art/Shanghai amongst others. Collections include The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena and Burger Collection.
Fariba holds a B.A. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship (1998/1999) and holds an M.A. from New York University (2004). Fariba has volunteered her creative services for Sakhi for South Asian Women and The Acid Survivor's Foundation in Bangladesh.
Finally, Fariba Alams ceramic tiles near the shows entrance are clever, revelatory and lovely. The artist has transferred onto the surface of the tiles photographic imagery of a woman looking up at the ceiling of a building, perhaps a mosque, that is covered in decorative tiles in floral patterns and Islamic calligraphy. There is a riveting, visual newness to this work, making it a highlight of the show.
A Collection Born of Cultural Dislocation
By BENJAMIN GENOCCHIO
Gleaming Steel: India Xianzai
By ALEXANDER KEEFE
"This transactional geometry between viewer and viewed, these angles of vision multiply refracted, this peculiar relation between the transient viewers and the durable though shifting gravity of architecture, of tradition, of dreams and abstractionthe Night Journey stands like a synecdoche for what the best of contemporary South Asian art has to offer: a glimpse of an unsteady subjectivity in motion, a tangled engagement, a sharp inquiry, and a visual delight."Artist Statement
FARIBA S. ALAM is a Brooklyn, NY based photographer.
I collapse a broad spectrum of the photographic traditionfrom black & white to digital, from anthropological to personalto give history the immediacy of the present, and to establish the notion of identity as an undulating continuum. The visuality and indexicality of photography within the colonial and postcolonial imagination, particularly in the Indian subcontinent since the 1840s, are a departure point. I mine my familys archival photographs in order to weave in my personal history.
Religious and secular allegorieswith themes of migration, travel and fantasyoften inhabit my narrative influences. For example, everal of my works reference the parable of the Night Journey or Mir'aj, in which the prophet Mohammed takes a mystical voyage from Mecca to Jerusalem riding a creature half-angel, half-horse. I am interested in investigating the fluidity between the intangible and real, the tension between spiritual transcendence and corporeal immanence, while space and direction are rendered ambiguous.
I draw from a broad range of visual influences, including mathematical diagrams, calligraphy, scientific patterns and architectural blueprints. I am particularly drawn to the duality of mysticism and hard science that resides in the idea that life unfolds in defined and continuous patterns.
I also explore Islamic and minimalist techniques of serial repetition to construct a site of transition that is at once grounded and yet, like mystical Sufi states, propelled by constant movement and flux. Symmetry becomes an anchor in both my process and my visual language, as does the notion of the body as territory or vessel in spiritual and erotic yearnings. Finally, I use similar-sized, repeating tiles to concretize the Islamic and architectural references in my pieces, as well as patterning and geometry in reductive art.