Being named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list is one of the most illustrious accolades going.
And for 2020, Emirati photographer Farah Al Qasimi has made the cut, appearing in the Art and Style category.
Judged by designers Tory Burch, Sarah Staudinger of Staud, Misha Nonoo, artist Kehinde Wiley, photographer Michael Avedon and blogger Danielle Bernstein, the list features a mix of designers, artist, illustrators and photographers who Forbes predict will create and design “the future of fashion and the arts”.
Farah’s work, which is heavily influenced by the UAE, uses photography and film to explore how the power of consumer culture affects women, particularly promises of beauty or self-improvement.
And the 28-year-old who grew up in Abu Dhabi but now splits her time between Dubai and New York City, has had her work shown at various locations throughout the UAE, New York and Paris.
Starting January 15, her photos will appear on New York City bus shelters in a 100-site exhibition with the Public Art Fund, and speaking to the New York Times earlier this year, Farah shared that concepts of “social customs” and photographing the “unphotographable” inform her work.
“I think what’s particular about the Emirates is that Emirati women have a lot of relative freedom. But then there are other unspoken rituals or social boundaries that do make it difficult. I’m interested in what those invisible lines look like and how are they signified,” she added.