Set Seen: Sharif Farrag, Rat Race, 2024

in Frieze Los Angeles , Frieze Projects | 22 FEB 24

For Frieze Los Angeles 2024, Art Production Fund will be presenting the on-site public program ‘Set Seen’, featuring works that speak to constructed environments and how they relate to our perception of reality and understanding of space. These projects are in dialogue with the rich history of set design in Los Angeles and specifically the role that set designers played in camouflaging the former Douglas Aircraft Company factory at Santa Monica Airport. This program is free to the public, and select projects will remain on view through April 7, 2024.

Sharif Farrag, Rat Race, 2024

Sculpture modified RC cars 

*Races on the central fields VIP Day 2/29 and Sunday 3/3

sharif farrago
 Sharif Farrag Studio. Imagery Courtesy of the Artist 


As an Angeleno, Farrag  perceives the relationship between himself and his car as more than a mere tool for transportation. The car is akin to a secondary home, a reliable friend, and a means of survival. While working in food delivery, Farrag spent extensive hours in his car, considering it an extension of his soul. In this project, he aims to transform R/C cars into embodiments of the human experience, envisioning them as a post-human representation that reflects our societal shift toward unity with technology.

Beyond the modification of R/C cars in imaginative forms, Farrag will organize races to  take place on the central sports fields during Frieze. These races serve as an allegory for the "Rat Race" of competition and capitalism, symbolizing the relentless cycle of survival, work, and money that many endure. Drawing inspiration from the 2001 movie "Rat Race," Farrag introduces humor and creativity as a lighthearted approach to alleviate the stress associated with competition.


Born in Reseda, California, 1993, based in Los Angeles, Sharif Farrag merges classic ceramics styles with his own improvisational building techniques, representing his hybrid identities through clay. The artist’s work reflected his distilled Syrian-Egyptian heritage, lived experiences, passions, and desires.


Thursday Preview, Feb 29, 2024

Gates Open: 2:30pm

Race #1 A & B Tracks: 
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Race #2 A & B Tracks: 
 3:30 - 4:00 pm 

Sunday, Mar 3, 2024

Gates Open: 11:30 am 

Race #1 A & B Tracks: 12:00 - 12:30 pm 

Race #2 A & B Tracks: 12:30 - 1:00 pm