Jala Wahid’s sculptures, videos, and installations conjure emotion and transformation. The Kurdish- British artist creates works that questions the way marginalised bodies take shape, blending political and cultural critique with a probing investigation of materiality and contemporary abjection. While early works were rooted in a feminist discourse, Wahid’s recent approach has become more open-ended. Principally concerned with issues surrounding the Kurdish diaspora, recent installations such as Born from and Buried in Baba Gurgur (2018) brought together perishable sculptures moulded around the artist’s own body with cultural references such as the Kurdish flag and powerful drum music in compelling installations.
Wahid studied at Royal Academy Schools (2019) and Goldsmiths College, London (2014). She currently lives and works in London. She is also co-founder of feminist and contemporary art journal, SALT. magazine. Selected solo exhibitions include Sophie Tappeiner, Vienna (2019); the Royal Academy Schools, London (2019); The Koppel Project, London (2018); and Seventeen Gallery, London (2017). Wahid has also participated in the group exhibitions Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance at Arnolfini, Bristol (2019) and Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2018); Searching the Sky for Rain at Sculpture Center, New York (2019); and And I’ll Promise You at Serpentine Park Nights, London (2016), among others.