Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:
Um Al Dhabaab (Mother of Fog) (2023) and Surge (2022)
A screening of two films by Farah Al Qasimi
Thursday, January 11, 2024 | 12 pm – 3pm | The Output, Video Pool Media Arts Centre
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is excited to announce a screening of two films by artist Farah Al Qasimi in conjunction with her solo exhibition The Swarm. Join us January 11, 2024 at 12 pm for the screening of these works at The Output.
Um Al Dhabaab (Mother of Fog) addresses the myth of Al Qasimi tribe-instigated piracy in the Gulf, perpetuated by the British Empire and upheld by contemporary western academia. This narrative is contested through a fictional retelling of the 1819 siege of Al Dhayah fort and the subsequent Pax Britannica treaty that solidified Britain’s military presence in the Trucial States. Relayed across various locations and times in Ras Al Khaimah through the perspectives of an ancient jinn, the ghost of an Al Qasimi pirate, two RAK-based sisters, a Jack Sparrow Impersonator/Ship Captain, and an 1819 British naval officer, the film challenges Western-centric historiographies of the Gulf and the lingering imperialist interests at play across Asia’s modern-day trade hubs. The film also grounds this conflict of portrayal in the twenty-first century by drawing parallels to pirate-centric video games and movies in contemporary culture.
Surge is a film exploring the nature of desalination technology and its effects on marine life through the fictive narrative of a mermaid and a woman who fears the water. It is a short, essayistic film that pulls material from YouTube and TikTok and combines it with first-person storytelling.
Date: Thursday, January 11th, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: The Output, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, #300 – 100 Arthur Street
Watch Farah’s artist talk here!