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“I showed no real artistic promise in school”

Adam Sadiq was kind enough to grant us some words about his photography. Below are photos he captured from the inside in Bali and the streets of Morocco.

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How did you get your start?
I showed no real artistic promise in school and I had no older siblings or cousins or parents who influenced me from that perspective, so I’m not really sure from where the drive to do it came. I started taking pictures when we brought my grandads old Yashica FX-D back from Pakistan and took it on a trip to South Africa when I was 18. It was broke so all the films came back blank. I got it fixed when I moved to London to study and began taking photographs there and on travels. We lived with people who ran an art space in Hackney so I was constantly around musicians and artists, it was great to be around at that age.

Balinese-Cockfighting

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Who is your biggest influence?
Anyone seeking some kind of zen through commitment to their art or work.

You can take three things to a desert island that aren’t your phone. What do you choose?
Loads of garam masala. I’ll forgo the other two.

Cockfighting-photos-of-Bali

Streets of Morocco

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How disappointed are your parents in you?
Mums always been great – she just loves it if I do. My Dad’s a doctor and wanted me to go down that route with best intentions – I guess they just don’t want me to struggle too much!

Skinning-a-rat-in-Morocco

What’s your biggest inspiration?
Music. Also studying anthropology has left me permanently bamboozled. Something that attempts to dissolve the primacy of one cultural position over another is always going to be valuable, even if it is only academic in practice. Anything that aims to offer something other than the monoculture of narratives and subtext we’re bombarded with is vital.

As indigenous cultures are increasingly being assimilated by the neoliberal world the discipline is shifting its subject matter, I remember one of my tutors saying it will become more about detailing how diversity and people are surviving despite that assimilation.

Street-photography-Morocco

What was your first tape or CD?
Mark Morrison – Return of the Mack

Biggie or Tupac?
Biggie

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How has art influenced your world view?
From my own point of view limitations always seem to be productive.

Also seeing how art develops in different parts of the world and how that finds its way into culture, what comes out of culture clashes is a rich source of inspiration. Art can only exist as part of a wider social ecology – what it is, what role it plays, what it can comment on, what it upholds and seeks to affect – and all of these things can play out in completely different ways. I recently saw the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi’s exhibit in London and think his work grapples with that environment [modern day Pakistan] and adds depth to its translation in a really powerful and meditative way.

Warriors-of-Balinese-Cockfighting

What’s your favorite documentary?
Maybe the Mayfair Set. All of the work Adam Curtis has produced is incredible.

What do you think was the biggest turning point in your time as an artist?
I guess around now. I feel confident enough to start developing more ambitious long-form projects in both film and photography.

What’s coming up next?
Hopefully I’ll just be busy developing more work. I’m trying to produce a longform photo series in my home city, Liverpool, this summer. Also I’m producing an E.P. thats come out of visiting and sampling a music archive in the city.

See more of Adam’s work here.

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