Application is open through May 31 for 2025 Residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center!

Learn more >


Abdi Farah

New Orleans, Louisiana

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Abdi Farah

Abdi Farah received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Since then, Farah has been fortunate to exhibit art across the country and internationally at institutions including the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art; the Margulies Collection; The Institute for American Universities in Aix en Provence, France; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; and the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. His work was highlighted by a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Farah is a 2005 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship through the Yale Norfolk School of Music and Art, and a 2017 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture participant. In 2018, Farah received his MFA in painting from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he continues to live and work.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021

Website / Social Links

For the past five years, I have embedded myself within three high school football teams in New Orleans. Serving as a pseudo team photographer or resident artist, I personally seek to explore the parallels between this expansive subculture and its connection to the larger capitalistic co-opting of Black men through sports in America.”