Sadaf by Lyndsy Welgos
Sadaf. Photo by Lyndsy Welgos.



With her breakthrough ragga track Stillness in 2016, Sadaf, reared on violin lessons, became an in-demand producer, vocalist, DJ and performance artist. Her hypnotic music is constrained and lush, held up by the industrial noise that fed her as a young performer in Montréal, and soaked in free jazz, reggaeton and Middle Eastern music, deservedly launching her into the New York club stratosphere.


Sadaf H Nava (Sadaf) is an Iranian-born, New York City-based composer and visual artist whose multidisciplinary interventions include sound, film, painting, performance and text. Sadaf’s layered and cinematic visuals, sonics and confrontational performative tactics oscillate between opacity and narrative. Her work upends the inward-looking affect inherent to contemporary performance, subverting the languages of auto-fiction and the artist/​muse. These original compositions comprise intuitive and clashing material inspired by contemporary global archaeologies of sound, always flirting with noise. Her painting and other visual work is similarly improvised, concentrated on self-portraiture, fragmented narratives and re-enacted memory. Exhibition and presentation venues include MoMA PS1, Performa and 9th Berlin Biennale among others. Her first full-length LP History of Heat (Blueberry Records) came out in 2019 and debut EP SHELL (Outside Insight) in 2017.



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