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Alia Farid, At the Time of the Ebb, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 15 minutes 43 seconds.

Alia Farid, At the Time of the Ebb, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 15 minutes 43 seconds.

Alia Farid

Imane Farès

For her second exhibition at Galerie Imane Farès, Alia Farid applied tinted vinyl to the gallery’s glass-front facade to cast its interior in pink light. The rosy atmosphere, like that of an equatorial crepuscule—and in sharp contrast to the gray Rive Gauche streetscape outside—surrounded her video installation Maske Paske Wi, 2020. The title is Haitian Creole for “Perform Because Why Not.” Originally commissioned for Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, the film was shot in Port-au-Prince this past winter, where Farid worked with local residents to realize and record the eponymous dance and costume competition. Antigovernment protests, economic instability, and violence were widespread throughout the country at the time, and the event was imagined as way to address a need for safe, shared spaces. Entry was free, and the top prize was one hundred dollars.

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