Shada Safadi is a visual artist born in Majdal Shams in the occupied Golan Heights. After studying at the Adham Ismail Institute and Damascus University, she became a founding member of the Fateh Al Mudarris Centre for Arts and Culture, in the occupied Golan. Safadi has exhibited widely in Syria, Palestine, Sweden and the UK, and in 2008 she won 3rd prize in the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award for her series of paintings In the Presence of the Crow. Safadi currently lives and works between Majdal Shams in occupied Golan Heights and Ramallah, Palestine.
Safadi’s prints, paintings, and drawings explore the tensions between the figurative and the abstract. Bodies appear and disappear into linework and pattern, suggesting recollections of memory, or past histories. In this way “the body … becomes a remainder of a state and of traces of places, it becomes a zone… in other words, anything but a body. The body is lost in that confused open space, it escapes from one place to seek refuge in another.”