Friday, December 8, 2017

Photographs by Farah al-Qasimi this week in New York's Helena Anrather gallery

THE NEW YORK TIMES 
By Holland Cotter
“Nose Greeting,” one of the photographs in Farah al-Qasimi’s show “More Good News,” at the Helena Anrather Gallery. Credit Farah Al Qasimi, via Helena Anrather Gallery, New York
Often, Ms. Qasimi’s photographs are like cryptic visual puzzles. An Instagram photograph posted by the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi shows two men in traditional Arab clothing standing before Jacques-Louis David’s 1803 painting of Napoleon crossing the Alps. The image clearly juxtaposes cultures, and perhaps notions of masculinity, art, propaganda and power. Farah al-Qasimi’s approach is more subtle and enigmatic in her photographs of Arab men in New York and the United Arab Emirates, her native country, in “More Good News,” at Helena Anrather. Through Dec. 22. Helena Anrather, 28 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan; 212-587-9674, helenaanrather.com
Ms. Qasimi’s “Dead Sea Mud” (2017), one of many images of men in Arab society. Credit Farah Al Qasimi, via Helena Anrather Gallery, New York