About the artist
Farah Hamade is a biomedical illustrator and animator based in California. She completed a Masters of Biomedical Communications (MScBMC) at the University of Toronto. She received a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at the University of California, Davis where she also studied studio art and sociocultural anthropology.
Farah’s experiences volunteering and working with patients in clinic and through research inspired her to seek more effective ways to communicate scientific topics to different audiences. She draws upon her interdisciplinary background in scientific research and the creative arts to visualize complex topics, explore ways to make the sciences more accessible, and tell healthcare stories.
Watch “The City is a Body” animation and learn more about Farah’s residency.
Farah developed and led these workshops throughout the residency.
- Storytelling During a Pandemic (September 9, 2020)
- Maquetting for Science Visualization (Feb 19, 2021)
- UCSF Library Artist in Residence During COVID-19: A Year in Reflection (July 1, 2021)
Farah published these stories throughout the residency.
- Meet Our Artist in Residence (June 24, 2020)
- Storytelling During a Pandemic (January 4, 2021)
- Pause, Breathe, and Re-Connect Through Poetry (June 10, 2021)
Other projects and collaborations
These are additional projects Farah contributed to throughout the residency.
- Contributed to “Intrinsic Value” art series, a series celebrating BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists in the Bay Area with the theme of “unlikely connections.” Moderated the first event which screened the original documentary “Inside Hotel Iroquois” (2019), followed by a conversation with the members of Skywatchers.
- Co-presented the “Gift of Grief/Jedo’s Unknown: Healing through Graphic Medicine” with Eki Shola.
- Illustrated a graphic recording visual to accompany the event “Pause, Breathe, and Re-Connect: Poetry and Discussion (2021)” hosted by UCSF physician and poet Dr. Michelle-Linh Nguyen which explored the theme of humanity in medicine.
- Presented “Storytelling During a Pandemic” workshop at 2020 Bay Area Science Festival.
- Created editorial illustrations/animations for the UCSF Magazine myth buster series, for their articles “Probiotics: Health Hack or Hype?” and “Brain Boosters: Can Puzzles and Pills Make US Sharper?”.
- Interviewed by KQED on the “City is a Body” project in September 2020.