AD 202 | Nadia Waheed
“Empathy, Change, and Cultural Nuance”

Nadia Waheed, BFA 2015 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is a Pakistani-American painter who makes partially autobiographical allegorical figurative paintings that explore selfhood, choice, and cultural trauma. Exhibition history includes shows with Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, BEERS London, Thierry Goldberg in New York, and Gallery 1957 in London. Upcoming exhibitions in 2021 include shows with Andrea Festa Fine Art in Rome, Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, and Aicon Gallery in New York.

Show Notes:
  • 00:04:18 - Being aware of your youth
  • 00:05:52 - Having numerous perspectives
  • 00:09:40 - Nadia’s childhood
  • 00:16:40 - Cultural nuances
  • 00:23:07 - The core language approach and inner generational trauma 
  • 00:27:54 - The influence of mentorship 
  • 00:31:12 - Politics within the art world 
  • 00:37:46 - Telling someone who you are, through your actions 
  • 00:39:30 - Dating and relationships 
  • 00:46:39 - The loss of community and connectivity 
  • 00:53:01 - Intentionality and being vulnerable 
  • 01:00:45 - Being comfortable with who you are
  • 01:08:33 - Engaging with emotions and understanding the context 
  • 01:20:16 - Nadia’s hesitance towards talking about her work 
  • 01:27:54 - “The curse of the expert” 
  • 01:34:23 - Commitment 
  • 01:42:45 - Wrap up

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Posted 5.17.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino