plastic arts

Sadaf H. Nava

Sadaf H. Nava is an Iranian born, New York city based visual artist and composer whose multidisciplinary interventions include sound, film, painting, performance and text.

Sadaf H. Nava’s visuals, sonics, and confrontational performative tactics oscillate between opacity and narrative, often layered with cinematic and literary iterations. Sadaf H. Nava’s work aims to confound and upend the inward-looking affect inherent to contemporary performance, simultaneously drawing from and subverting the languages of auto-fiction and the artist/muse relationship.

Her original compositions present a mélange of intuitive and clashing material inspired by contemporary global archaeologies of sound, always flirting with noise. Her paintings and visual work follows a similar process of improvisation, with a focus on self portraiture, fragmented narratives and re-enacted memory.


Sadaf H. Nava has presented work at : MoMa PS1 Warm Up and MoMa Sunday sessions, Issue Project Room, Performa Festival, Gavin Brown Enterprises, 17Essex gallery in New York as well as internationally at: Yale Union art space in Portland, 9th Berlin Biennale, Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Museum of Fine Arts Montreal, 3HD Festival in Berlin and Hyperlocal Festival in London. Her work has been featured in Pitchfork, The Wire, ID magazine, FADER and the Guardian UK. SADAF released her debut EP SHELL on LA based label Outside Insight, and her first full-length LP History of Heat on Brooklyn based label Blueberry Records.