Jala Wahid (*1988, lives and works in London) works across sculpture, video, installation and writing. She looks to the emotive and symbolic potential of materials, music and song in exploring the interregional and internal politics that have shaped Kurdistan and the implications this has from a diasporic perspective. She is interested in the complexities of nationalism within a stateless people, history and iconography, methods of archiving and existence, and Kurdish culture and politics as forms of self-preservation and defiance.
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.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Conflagration, Tramway, Glasgow, Metaphysical Reunion, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna, Mock Kings, Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg (2023); Conflagration, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, AFTERMATH, Niru Ratnam Gallery, London (2022); Rock Fortress, CAS Batumi, Batumi, Cry Me a Waterfall, Two Queens, Leicester (2021); Rock Fortress E.A. Shared Space, Tbilisi (2020); Newroz, SOPHIE TAPPEINER, Vienna (2019); Akh Milk Bile Threat, Seventeen Gallery, London, Shahmaran, Clearview, London (2017).
Recently, her work has been included in group shows held at the following institutions: Stavanger Kunstmuseum, Stavanger, Boskamp-Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt (2023), Goldsmiths CCA, London (2022), CAPC Museum, Bordeaux (2020) SculptureCenter, New York, Arnolfini, Bristol, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill (2019), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2018).
A forthcoming solo show will be held at GAK, Bremen in November 2023.
Wahid co-edited SALT. Magazine from 2012-2019.
PRESS / TEXTS
Oil Aesthetics and Imperial Violence
interview with Jala Wahid and Edwin Coomasaru
British Art Studies
Jala Wahid: Cry me a Waterfall
Anxiety is a feeling of unease
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