sadiaph@gmail.com
@sadiaph

b. 1995, London
Lives in the Ebbw Valley

Sadia Pineda Hameed is a Filipina Pakistani artist and writer based in the Ebbw Valley, Wales. She works in film, installation, text and performance to explore collective and inherited trauma; in particular, the latent ways we speak about this through dreaming, telepathic communion and secrets as an anti-colonial strategy inherent to us. Her practice is led by semiotic and associative journeying, and a trust in the intuitive process.

She often works with Beau W Beakhouse (beauwbeakhouse.com) as a collaborative duo. Their installations combine sculptural wood and metalwork with text, audio, film and performance to imagine autonomous and alternate futures and to consider the relations between colonialism, labour and speculative fiction. Condensed in their concept of ‘rustic futures’, the duo create hybrid objects using repurposed techniques and processes familiar to both traditional craft and industrial manufacture. Together they are on the g39 Fellowship 2022-24, and run print, radio and curatorial project LUMIN (lumin-press.com).

AWARDS

g39 Freelands Fellowship 2022-4
The Arts Foundation Futures Award longlist 2022
Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists recipient 2021
Literature Wales New Writers Bursary & Mentoring recipient 2020
Rising Star Wales Award recipient 2020

SOLO EXHIBITION

2023
Ornaments of Prospect, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, supported by Jerwood

2022
(misunderstanding), (accommodation), (performance), (loss), Brent Biennial 2022, In the House of my Love, in partnership with Build Hollywood and Studio Voltaire. Produced by Metroland Cultures

2021
it resonates like spalting wood, Arcade/Campfa

2020
The Song of My Life, Bluecoat Liverpool

Local 37, MOSTYN

2019
Tiny Bubbles in the Wine, HOAX

GROUP EXHIBITION

2023
Can publications be porous?, Stuart Hall Library, Iniva, London

2022
Open Milpa Lab: Living Room. Centrum Kultury ZAMEK, Poznan

Thinking Green, Glynn Vivian, Swansea

I Watched in Amazement, curated by HOAX, The Mosaic Rooms, London

2021
The Mobile Feminist Library: In Words, In Action, In Connection, MOSTYN, Llandudno

Jerwood UNITe open studios, g39, Cardiff

2020

(un)seen (un)heard, National Museum Cardiff

2019
Made in Roath Open, g39

A New Mecca, Gentle/Radical, Cardiff

2018
Analogue, Three Doors Up (Arcade/Campfa)

RESIDENCIES

2022
Centrum Kultury ZAMEK residency, Poznan

Casgleb, Peak Cymru, Abergavenny

2021
Unidee, Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella

Tangent Projects, Barcelona

Jerwood UNITe, g39, Cardiff

Catalyst Arts Spring online residency, Belfast

2020

Hinterlands, Peak Cymru

Hunan-Iaith poetry and translation residency, Where I’m Coming From and Y Stamp, supported by Literature Wales

2019
WARP Library residency, g39, Cardiff

Ty Newydd Emerging Writers residency, funded by Literature Wales and Wales Arts Review

Curatorial residency, SHIFT, Cardiff

2017
LUMIN Library residency, Three Doors Up (Arcade/Campfa), Cardiff

PERFORMANCE

2022
‘Link Rot’, Jerwood Staging Series, Jerwood Space, London (restaging TBA)

2021
‘Borrow Tomorrow’, The Mosaic Rooms, London

‘PAMPHLET BOMB’, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

‘speculation’, Jerwood UNITe open studios, g39, Cardiff

2020

‘return etc’, Digithon Festival, arts headliner, Wales Arts Review, online

2019

featured poet, Where I’m Coming From, g39, Cardiff

‘Bearing Witness to Truth’, National Museum Cardiff and Artes Mundi, Cardiff

2018
‘The Crypt’, Gentle/Radical’s A New Mecca, The Temple of Peace, Cardiff

‘Decolonising Heritage’ with Gentle/Radical, Bay Arts, Cardiff, commissioned by the Eisteddfod & the National Trust

featured poet, Porridge, Theatre Deli, London

featured poet, Women & War: An Un-silencing, commissioned by Gentle/Radical, The Open University and Festival of Voice

PUBLICATION

2023
Poetry Wales 59.1 Summer 2023

2022
HON: Women Artists in Wales, H’mm Arts Foundation Press

UTYPIA, Oriel Davies Gallery

2021

Merched yn Gwneud Celf zine, Eisteddfod

Poetry Wales 57.1 Summer 2021

DOUBLE, Takeaway #9

Imagining Internationally Connected Practice (consulting artist), Arts Council Wales

2020

Undefining the Artist, Wales Arts Review

Dismantling Structural Inequality in Your Cinema, BFI

LOVE Magazine, Love Diaries vol. 1

‘After ‘Evening’, Kurt Schwitters’, ZARF #14

2019
‘Tortang Tolang’, Porridge Magazine: Comfort Foods

‘Site Ruin’, Amberflora Issue 6

2018
Save Our Sculpture, Wales Arts Review

‘For you, after a film’, Porridge Magazine Issue 1

'To (Un)speak Madness re: Derrida, Foucault, Artaud', LUMIN Journal 1

TALKS

2023
visiting artist, Arts Council Wales’ Cynefin

visiting artist, Oriel Myrddin emerging artists programme

2022

visiting artist, Cardiff Metropolitan - Fine Arts BA

visiting artist, Oxford University - Fine Arts MA

2021
HerStories // Shelf Life, Iniva

‘Dismantling Structural Inequality In Your Cinema’, Glasgow Film Festival (2021), This Way Up Festival (2020)

2020
Women in Publishing Symposium panelist, Bangor University

2019
guest critic, BBC Radio Wales’ Arts Review Show

‘Dis/establishing the archive’, Archiving Gender symposium paper presentation, Cardiff University

2018
Gentle/Radical’s Imagination Forum #4, symposium at Sustainable Studios, Cardiff

 

PORTAL


2023. installation; UV printed birch ply, pine dowel, linen thread

group show.

Can publications be porous? iniva, Stuart Hall Library, London

24 May - 28 July

Can publications be porous? invites audiences to speculate a trajectory from out-of-print black feminist books to possible notions of publishing futures, offering ideas for collective transformation. This exhibition (with Sadia Pineda Hameed, Amber Akaunu, and Fauziya Johnson, co-curated with artist and cultural futurist Lauren Craig) takes the Stuart Hall Library as an experimental space to question the porosity of publishing in conceptual, existential, and material forms. Its two principal aims are to explore how artists consider, experiment with, and reject concepts of collectivity and individuality, and to expand awareness of, diversify, and horizontalise knowledge systems.

This exhibition is the third phase of a project initiated by Lauren Craig in 2021 under the title HerStories // Shelf Life, which brings together B/black women’s and non-binary people of colour’s creative writing and publishing collectives. Highlighting collaborative and rhizomatic methods of regenerative cultural production and dissemination, it takes a peek at the shelf life of collective publishing, from printed matter to digital to audiovisual.

Portal continues Sadia’s interest in the resonances of archival and oral histories and their communication through speculation, dramatisation and fictionalisation. Starting with a photograph of Sadia’s mother, Luisa, taken at Manila Airport in the Philippines on a trip home from London, the work reconstructs this image across 513 interlinked tablets of a beaded curtain. The reverse side features a fictionalised version of the contents of Luisa’s bag from the archival image. Past and future mementos fall out of the bag, including a framed image of Pinoy love team Guy and Pip, Catholic amulets, the yet to be published Uncut Funk, a photograph with husband Asad and a library card from future home borough Brent. These objects represent the complex ways in which colonialism and migration rupture and reform identity, postcolonial strategies of resistance, and the many gestures of ‘thrivival’, love and joy. The beaded curtain becomes a portal through this archival material, an invitation to disrupt the static image and a way to enter an alternate narrative where chronologies, fictions and symbols disarrange, entangle and merge.

Supported Arts Council England and Freelands Foundation.

Images: Emile Holba