Naadira Patel is an artist, designer and educator who works across the fields of art, architecture, design, and cultural programming. She currently leads softwork, a research and design studio based in Johannesburg, working within an ecosystem of feminist organisations, artists and a broad range of cultural institutions. Naadira holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam (2015), and a BA Fine Arts from the Wits School of Arts (2010). She has lectured at the Wits School of Arts, and in Unit18 at the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg. Naadira’s practice moves across the fields of art, design and architecture, thinking critically on the role of design and spatial practice in shaping the world we want to live in.
The work on show at Young Gauteng presents two aspects of Naadira’s practice: a video piece that reflects on trends in design, sustainability and future thinking.
Video piece Title: Soft Futures
Medium: Digital video
On the walls I present a selection of small publications produced by my studio. These include: PUBLICA[C]TION, 2017 Lesser Violence, 2022 Hopes and Dreams, GALA and Taboom, 2021 Courage to Share, GALA and Taboom, 2022 Earthly Delights, 2022 Hyperreal Prototypes, 2021 Newwork19, 2019 Shelves to be produced by Ex-Hotel, 3 x 650mm width, 2 x 350mm width