ABOUT

 

SAADIA HUSSAIN
Artist & Art activist

Saadia Hussain works as an artist, art educator and art activist and has her base in Stockholm. Through her work she wants to create and share tools of creativity and reach out. The creative process has been an vital tool in her own life; to explore, question, create and share. Being born in Pakistan and raised in Sweden, Saadia carries duality within her, of her homeland and her motherland. Her topics revolve around home and identity about losing and finding, about longing for belonging.

Saadia has led various art projects nationally and internationally and worked with thousands of people with emphasis on accessibility, democracy, participation and freedom of expression. She has developed methods of co-creation especially designed for people who are non-professionals within the art field but experts in their stories and lives, to participate, to tell and co-create. Saadia is driven by a need to share art as an experience as well as an process with more people. She wants more people to discover the power and possibilities of Art. She highlights the link between class and creativity and the effects of it. Through art and her work she wants to connect people and also connect and create with people. And make more diverse and complex stories visible in the public spaces for the public.

EDUCATION
• Konstfack, Stockholm 2003 – 2009
• National college of Arts, Lahore –1999
• Nyckelviksskolan, Stockholm 1993 – 1994
• Medborgarskolans Konstskola, Stockholm 1992 – 1993

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
• 2017 MAKING AND BREAKING PATTERNS, Tomelilla Konsthall, Tomelilla, Sweden
• 2012 Playground, Skövde konsthall, Skövde, Sweden
• 2011 Playground, Ludvika Folketshus, Ludvika, Sweden
• 2010 Playground, Vänersborg Konsthall, Vänersborg, Sweden
• 2010 Playground, Ungdomens hus UNO, Karlstad, Sweden
• 2010 Playground, Söråkers Folkets Hus, Söråker, Sweden
• 2010 Playground, Konstfrämjandet – Bergslagen, Örebro, Sweden

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
• 2017 FemF Art x Third Space: Video Screening – Feminist Forum, Third Space, Helsinki, Finland
• 2017 FemF Art: Movement – Feminist Forum, Valssaamo at Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
• 2017 #FRIHET3 / #FREEDOM3: Within the scope of Activity, Husby Konsthall, Sweden
• 2017 Mellan Svart och Vitt, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2017 Fundraising exhibition to support Läkare Utan Gränser/ Médecins Sans Frontières, Gallery Candyland, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 MADE Festival; BE – LONGINGS (Video Installation), Vita Kuben at Norrlandsoperan, Umeå, Sweden
• 2016 Umami – Fifth Taste of ArtHallonbergen / Sundbyberg, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2014 Vårsalongen; UNG IDENTITET / YOUNG IDENTITY, (Co-created mural piece), Liljevalchs, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2014 Vem är staden? / Who is the City? – ArkDes, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2012 Hemslöjden på Liljevalchs; Äkta heligt (Installation & Video), Liljevalschs, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2011 Grafiktriennalen XIV, Sundsvalls Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden
• 2011 Grafiktriennalen XIV, Kulturens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
• 2011 Grafiktriennalen XIV, Falkenbergs Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden
• 2011 Grafiktriennalen XIV, Landskrona Konsthall, Landskrona, Sweden
• 2010 SUPERMARKET ART FAIR, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden

SELECTED PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
• 2017 PAIN AND PLEASURE – Solo project, ArtMadeThis, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2017 SKAPANDE SKOLA/ CREATIVE SCHOOL-PROJECT – Co-created with students in Östra Ringskola, Västervik, Sweden
• 2017 FITTJAS MAMMOR TAR PLATS – Community & collective mural art project, made with mothers from Fittja, Sweden
• 2016 MASAHTI / MY SPACE – Colelctive mural art project, with youth in Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon
• 2016 UT-TRYCK / X-PRESS – Co-created graffiti art project in a parkour park, Södertälje, Sweden
• 2016 MEGAKONST / MEGA ART – Public art project‚ URBAN NORTH at Norrlandsopera, Umeå, Sweden
• 2016 THE ART OF FINDING HOME – Art project for young refugees potray themselves.
Shown at Botkyrka Konsthall, Mångkulturellt centrum and at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 FITTJA, MY HOME – Collective mural art project, made with children from Fittja, Sweden
• 2015 URSPRUNG / ORIGIN – Solo project, Fisksätra Folkets hus, Fisksätra, Sweden
• 2015 SPEAK OUT SISTER – Collective mural art project, with women in Cairo, Egypt
• 2015 FINDING HOME – Solo project, Street Art Österlen, Tomelilla, Sweden
• 2015 F*** OFF!! – Solo project, The Subtopias Outdoor Gallery in Alby, Sockholm, Sweden
• 2014 UTTRYCK! / EXPRESS! – Co-created art project at Det fria ordets hus/ House of Free Speech, Växjö, Sweden
• 2013 DÄR VÅRA VÄGAR MÖTS – Co-created mural art projects at Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2012 VÅR RÖRLIGA VÄRLD – Co-created mural art projects at Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2012 MITT HEM, MIN BILD – Co-created mural painting, Husby, Sweden

SELECTED PERFORMANCES
• 2015 – 2017 Oh My Home – Lost & Found – Site specific art installation and performance touring to different cities in Europe
• 2016 Wudu by MUSSY SPACE – Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 Dome of Visions – VJ Live – Performance, Stockholm, Sweden & Copenhagen, Denmark
• 2016 VI SPELAR ROLL / WE MATTER – Interactive & site specific installation with Junior Residence
a youth program organized by Botkyrka Konsthall, Fittja, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2015 World Art Day – Cake designer, Konstnärernas Riksförbund, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2014 RESA, FLYTTA, FLY? – Mobile exhibition & performance with Junior Residence,
a youth program organized by Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2013 TA PLATS! – Mobile exhibition & performance, a youth program organized in Skärholmen, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2012 The haircut before the party – Artist talk & Performance, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
• 2018 Konstnärligt arbete pågår, Art Inside Out, Halmstad, Sweden
• 2016 Grafikens Hus, Södertälje, Sweden

FILM FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

• 2017 Wudu – process & performance by MUSSY SPACE, Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden

SELECTED TALKS & LECTURES
• 2017 Lecture at Kulan, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2017 Lecture at Bästa Biennalen – Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
• 2017 Lecture at Göra Sverige, Alvesta, Sweden
• 2017 Artist talk at Bilders makt – Mångkulturellt Centrum, Fittja, Sweden
• 2016 Artist Talk at Almedalen – Statens Konstråd, Visby, Gotland, Sweden
• 2916 Lecture at Gerlesborgsskolan, Gärdet, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 Lecture at Stadsbyggnadsdagen, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 Artist talk at Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 Podcast at Grafikens Hus, Södertälje, Sweden
• 2015 Artist talk at Handmade Issues – Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2015 Lecture on World Art Day at Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2014 Guest Lecturer at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
, Sweden
• 2012 Lecture at TEDxSödravägen, Göteborg, Sweden

SELECTED MEDIA APPEARANCE
• 2018 – Morgonandakt on Sveriges Radio P1
Radio programs with fokus on Sufism
Min tro – Saadia Hussain, 2018.01.15
Min intention – Saadia Hussain, 2018.01.16
Mitt ego – Saadia Hussain, 2018.01.17
Min mamma – Saadia Hussain, 2018.01.18
Min kropp, min själ – Saadia Hussain, 2018.01.19

• 2017 Östermalmsnytt, 2017.11.16 – Därför målar hon en vagina på porten
• 2017 Västerviks Tidningen, 2017.20.25 – Skolans elever gör konsen själv
• 2017 Dagens Nyheter, 2017.05.26 – Morsdagskonst av mammor ska berika bilden av fittja
• 2017 Dagens Nyheter, 2017.03.17 – Mellan svart och vitt – viktig utställning i Årsta om vardagsrasism
• 2016 Sveriges Television, Season 1, Episode 6 – Portrayed in the series JAG ÄR MUSLIM
• 2015 Utbildningsradion, Episode 7 – Portrayed in the series ARTITYD: En resa med Saadia Hussain
• 2015 Människor och tro on Sveriges Radio P1, 2017.07.01 – Vad är heligt i Sverige idag?
• 2014 Radio Sweden on Sveriges Radio, 2014.02.26 – Can art bridge the Stockholm social divide?
• 2013 Tendens kortdokumentär on Sveriges Radio P1, 2013.05.13 – Jag är en global nomad
• 2013 Vi i Vasastan, 2013.05.17 – Saadia ser konsten som en mötesplats
• 2012 Epsteins STHLM on Dagens Nyheter, 2012.07.31 – En sextio meter bred muralmålning skapas i husby

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

• 2016 DO IT TOGETHER – Artistic management team
Hemslöjden/ the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies

• 2016 Alla tiders Kalmar län – Participated in a tankesmedja / think tank
Kalmar läns museum, Kalmar, Sweden

GRANTS
• 2016 FUSION, the Swedish Film Institute
• 2016 Creative Force, the Swedish Institute in collaboration with Conexus Projects
• 2014 Assistant grant to Nikolaj Georgii-Hemming for assisting Saadia Hussain, The Swedish Visual Arts Fund
• 2014 Förorten i Centrum, 1-year project grant, PostkodsLotteriets Kulturstiftelse/ the Culture Foundation of the Postcode Lottery
Artist director for coaching and spreading of co-creating methods
• 2011 – 2013 Förorten i Centrum, 3-year project grant, Allmänna arvsfonden
Artistic director for development and the implementation of collective mural painting processes in Stockholm
• 2009 Grant, Konstfack, Stockholm
• 1995 – 2013 Grant, National College of Arts, Lahore

POSITION OF TRUST
• Member in the artistic council, Stiftelse Ann-Margret Lindells Stipendiefond, Sweden
• Member of the board, Re:Orient, Sweden
• Member of the board, Hemslöjden/ the National Association of Swedish Handicraft Societies, Sweden

• 2017 External lecturer and examiner
Master’s programme in Visual Communication & Interior Design, Konstfack Stockholm, Sweden
• 2017 External assessor for the selection process
Bachelors and Master’s programme, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

• 2017 External assessor for studio support 2018 – 2020, Stockholms Stads Kulturförvaltningen, Stockholm, Sweden
• 2016 External assessor for studio support 2017 – 2019, Stockholms Stads Kulturförvaltningen, Stockholm, Sweden