Adam Farah: B-SIDES teaser.
B-SIDES…’ is an artwork* by free.yard featuring contributions from Adam Farah, Elijah Maja, Christopher Kirubi and Abbas Zahedi.
Including filmic shorts, walks, reflections, moments, questions and desires, the work is accessible via a limited run of DVDs. Described by the artist as a momentations mix and a visual compilation disc, the work endeavours to present a deconstructed poetic narrative of experiences and encounters of the city across time and space.
The intention was for the artist to hand distribute the DVDs within Brent during the Biennial. However, due to Covid-19 this has not been possible. To obtain an exclusive copy of the limited 50-edition run for free, please apply here.
In presenting the work on DVD Farah requires the public to spend time in finding the hardware to activate it, therefore opening up a different kind of investment in witnessing the work as a viewer.
The work is co-commissioned with LUX an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices and the ideas that surround them.
"DVD STREET DISSEMINATION: Paying homage to the longstanding tradition of self-promotion/ distribution/ artistic hustle, which I’ve grown up witnessing and admiring within the streets and markets of London. Seeing this performative act as an integral part of the artwork in itself and the wider context in which it is spawned in. Everyday, the street is an exhibition space; and in my view a much more embracing platform for creative endeavours than the traditional gallery space. By this I do not only mean via the conventionally defined modes of street art, public sculpture, murals etc. But the more undefined, slippery, fleeting, poetic moments in which it (the street) allows to occur, openly embracing without conditioning." Adam Farah, 2020
Adam Farah is an artist and composer born-n-raised in London and is a Capricorn Sun, Cancer Rising, Leo Moon. They also practice under and within the name free.yard – an ongoing situational and unstable project set up to engage with and merge curatorial, research, artistic and equitable communal practices; with a focus on the ever-expansive and nuanced creative endeavours and potentials that emerge from endz. free.yard casts a side-eye onto the oppressive and supremacist structures upheld within the complacent and performative liberal bubbles of the artworld/s, and in the long term desires to create collaborative moments for artists to connect, manifest and exhale under such weight.