Ayan Farah combines aspects of Western Abstract Art and Land Art with techniques of African Arts and Craft. Her “paintings” are never painted on canvas with brushes or produced with the usual work materials, but consist of historical textiles of the past centuries “treated” with the minerals and earths of the most various geographical locations, which Farah collects herself on site during her travels. Travels to places like Abu Dhabi, China, Somalia, or Mexico are essential parts of Farah’s work. These locations are specifically chosen for their relevance in terms of social-cultural concepts and geological properties. This aspect of “mobility” as part of the production process derives from Farah’s own biography.
Ayan Farah is born in the United Arab Emirates 1978 as the daughter of Somali parents, she grew up in Sweden and currently lives in London, where she studied art at the Royal College of Art, her biography brings together the most various cultural perspectives. Ayan Farah‘s works are part of institutional collections such as the Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Collection Klein or David Roberts Art Foundation London and were shown in international exhibitions like recently in 2018 at Collection Klein Germany, “London Open” at Whitechapel Gallery London, “In the Eyes of the Beholder” at Tarble Arts Center Charleston or “Textile Abstraction” at Casas Riegner, curated by Jens Hoffmann.