Sadia Pineda Hameed: The Song of My Life

05 December 2020 - 21 February 2021

Cardiff based artist, writer and independent curator Sadia Pineda Hameed (b. London 1995) was invited to show alongside Undo Things Done by Sean Edwards. Both artists address ideas of inheritance in their work, particularly the stories that are passed down within families, especially from mothers, and the childhood memories and experiences that shape the present.

An image of a film work at a distance, in a dark room. Subtitles read "I look at a bed of flowers and make an attempt to define the outlines of everything."

Pineda Hameed works in film, installation, text and performance to explore collective and inherited trauma. She is interested in the ways that dreaming, telepathic communion and the passing on of secrets might act as forms of resistance and as anti-colonial strategies.

Her most recently exhibited film, tiny bubbles in the wine (2019) is an evocative collaged film that relays the artist's mother's previously untold experiences of migrating from the Philippines to the UK. Pineda Hameed playfully creates intuitive links between a mother’s story, Filipino traditions of oral history and Filipino artist David Medalla’s kinetic sculpture Cloud Canyons.

At Bluecoat Pineda Hameed presented a new film that also focuses on matrilineal storytelling entitled The Song of My Life (2020). The film knowingly parodies a popular karaoke style video with the text appearing as lyrics for a duet. One part will be voiced by the artist while the other voice will be absent. The Song of My Life follows many of the same themes of tiny bubbles. These include the difficulty of telling stories about familial trauma as well as how collectivised experiences and memories pass spoken and unspoken between parent and child; or here between mother and daughter.

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More about the artist

Sadia Pineda Hameed is an artist, writer and independent curator based in Cardiff. 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 is also co-founder of LUMIN, a small press, curatorial collective and radio programme for experimental, radical and personal literature & art.

Pineda Hameed has shown work with Artes Mundi, National Museum Wales, g39 WARP, Peak Cymru, Arcade Cardiff, SHIFT, Gentle/Radical, the Eisteddfod, HOAX, and forthcoming with MOSTYN and Campfa; and has been published with Zarf, Amberflora, Porridge and LUMIN. She is currently writing her first long-form piece: an experimental autofictive work, ‘To Make Philippines’, supported by the Literature Wales Bursary 2020 and Mentoring Scheme 2020. she was also awarded the Rising Star Wales Award 2020.