Lighting Me Up Like Venus, 2016

Fujiflex Crystal Archive Print

60 x 80 cm.

Edition of 5.

Signed on the verso.

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Using methods of seduction and coercion performed in intimate relationships, Jala Wahid looks to redefine a politics of intimacy. Her work involves volatile materials that appear to be for her, but eventually betray themselves as gifts of persuasion, and in turn, Wahid co-opts their potential to invite and disappoint for her own emotive agenda. Similarly, her videos look to choreograph dismembered voices, cathecting an emotive arsenal that eschews their consent and looks further into a fragmented body, one that may be both generous and violent.  

For Collectionair, Wahid shows a series of photographic stills, strung together to form a strobe-effect narrative of their past. The work, initially begins as a sculpture, a cast of the artists stomach, subjected to materials that relate to the body, both functionally, lip gloss, foundation and formally as food. Whether through the organic shadows pointing to form out of the shot, the materials used or through the artist's use of a single body part fragmented from her own, the work speaks of a denial of the body as whole.

Jala Wahid studied a BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London and is due to start her MA at the Royal Academy in September 2016.

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Square preview 1 got me scattered in pieces
Square preview 2 shining like stars and screaming
Square preview 4 but then you disappear and make me wait
Square preview 5 baby  baby  no  i can t escape