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The Third Line participates in Art Basel with a solo presentation featuring new works by Farah Al Qasimi.
Farah’s latest body of work looks at domestic traditions of hospitality and interior decor witnessed across public and private spaces in the Gulf states. A ubiquitous mark of Britain’s presence in the region between 1820 and 1971, the local sense of style transpires through Rococo furniture, hand-carved fruits, curtains matching upholstery fabrics and an overall profusion of various gilded elements adorning local homes.
The stuff of homes did more than borrow from its Western influencers. It re-appropriated status signifiers and overflowed them with ostentation in an arresto momentum dating back to the British departure from the Gulf four decades ago.
In addition to evidencing the regional perpetuation of such decor penchants, Farah’s photographs map out its gendered social uses: perfumes in their opulent containers are often placed in guest bathrooms, tissue boxes with froufrou covers appear as part of tea-time spreads, colorful birds blend within their exotic majlis backgrounds.
Pre-oil tribal life of the late 19th century has given way to a cultural need to embellish both spaces, bodies and things through an aesthetic formerly popular in the West yet still considered as bearer of cachet in the Gulf—a denotation of both assimilation and autonomy.
Messeplatz 10 4058
Private Days (by invitation only)
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 11am to 8pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 11am to 8pm
Vernissage (by invitation only)
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 4pm to 8pm
Thursday, June 13, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Friday, June 14, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Saturday, June 15, 2019, 11am to 7pm
Sunday, June 16, 2019, 11am to 7pm