Farah Al Qasimi, Selfie with a Toy Gun, 27" x 35", 2021.

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:

The Swarm

A solo exhibition by Farah Al Qasimi

September 29, 2023 – December 17, 2023

Opening reception | Friday, September 29, 2023 | 7 – 10 pm

Plug In ICA is thrilled to announce The Swarm, an upcoming solo exhibition featuring Farah Al Qasimi opening September 29 – December 17, 2023.

We are very pleased to continue celebrating our over fifty years milestone by presenting two tandem solo exhibitions that offer crucial social, political, and historical reflections on the complex world of images in which we are all entangled one way or the other. Both artists are exhibiting in Winnipeg for the first time and they each broadly draw on the lives of objects and their intersections with the fickle nature of images.

Please join us on September 29 in our galleries, from 7 – 10 pm for an opening reception.

Farah Al Qasimi (b. 1991, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) makes photographs, films and music. Often working with large-scale vinyl imagery and a multiplicity of photographic prints and screens, Farah is interested in the internet and its hierarchies of information and emotion. Farah also loves the complexity of storytelling and value-building in children’s cartoons, and many of her video works include primary narrators who are anthropomorphized. She has a highly collaborative practice and has worked with hand-sewn puppets, falcons, African Land Snails, exorcists, and most recently, a Jack Sparrow impersonator.


We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the National homeland of the Red River Métis. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nations.

Plug In ICA extends our heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors, valued members, and dedicated volunteers. We acknowledge the sustaining support of our Director’s Circle. You all make a difference.

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