Jala Wahid (*1988, lives and works in London) deals with the (Kurdish) body and diasporic identity, recurrently looking at various forms of violence (cultural, literal, political) subject to identity and how these may be committed in return as a form of self- preservation, resilience and defiance. Dealt with from a material perspective, Wahid’s practice spans sculpture, video, and writing. She looks to the emotive potential, and the cultural and symbolic weight materials carry, choreographed with mythology, music, poetry, and a variety of cultural practices as a way of situating personal experience within the wider context of diasporic politics.
Jala Wahid received her BA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014 and completed her PgDip in Fine Art at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2019.
Recent exhibitions include: 2019 ‘Newroz’, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna; ‘Searching the Sky for Rain’, ScupltureCenter, New York; ‘Being Towards The World’, Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna; 2018 ‘Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Acts 1, 2, and 3′, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill and Arnolfini, Bristol; ‘Entangled Tales’, Rupert, Vilnius; 2017 ‘Akh Milk Bile Threat‘, Seventeen Gallery, London; ‘Shahmaran’, clearview.ltd, London; 2016 ‘Europa and the Bull’, curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini, Lambda Lambda Lambda, Pristina; 2016 ‘And I’ll Promise you’, Serpentine Gallery Park Nights, London.
She is also co-founder of the feminist and contemporary art journal SALT.magazine.