Faisa Omer is a portrait photographer and videographer based in Edmonton and Ottawa, Canada. She spent time at the Algonquin College Photography Program in Ottawa where she learned the technical aspects of studio photography. Faisa's parents immigrated to Canada in the early 90s to escape the Somali Civil War. She uses photography as a tool to amplify voices to those in racialized communities. Faisa's work has been recently exhibited at the Ottawa Art Gallery as well as the Alberta Art Gallery for the Sidewalk Cinema. She also enjoys fashion photography using black models in the form of family and friends in her dining room. When she is not taking photos, Faisa is employed as a Mental Health Counsellor for the RAJO Project; the Somali Youth and Family Empowerment Project in Edmonton. She is also the oldest of seven children and loves to spend her free time with family.
The Art Gallery of Alberta respectfully acknowledges that we are located in Treaty 6 Territory, the traditional land of diverse Indigenous Peoples including the Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Beaver Cree, Nitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Anishinaabe/Saulteaux/Ojibwe and Dene Peoples. We also acknowledge the many Indigenous, Inuit and Métis people who make Alberta their home today.