Ayan Farah

Vigo Gallery
21 November – 3 December 2012

Vigo gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Ayan Farah. This is the Swedish-Somali artist's first solo show in London, and her first with Vigo Gallery.

Ayan Farahs output is defined by her interest in the provisional and the ephemeral. Though the work she makes is mainly wall based and loosely defined within painting, it stretches over several mediums and often is a result of the application of paint or other substances to various unusual fabrics more often found in fashion, clothing and bedding, which have been effected by chemical or organic change. Indeed, work is often not painted at all, instead undergoing an elaborate process of digging down, dying and sun bleaching. For instance the work Eldfell was part of a sleeping bag dug down for six months at the foot of the volcano Eldfell in Heimaey, Iceland. The ash emitted was used to stain the material and to mark the anniversary of its last eruption.

selected works

Ayan Farah
Eldfell
2011
Ayan Farah
nuuk (waiting for the meteor shower)
2011
Ayan Farah
Passing time (left window)
2011
Ayan Farah

Eldfell

2011Volcanic ash and dye on polyester cotton blanket170 x 130 cm / 66 7/8 x 51 1/8 in
Ayan Farah

nuuk (waiting for the meteor shower)

2011Sun bleached copper dye on cotton 170 x 130 cm / 66 7/8 x 51 1/8 in
Ayan Farah

Passing time (left window)

2011sun bleached indian cotton254 x 173 cm / 100 x 68 1/8 in