Nadira Patel

*1988, Vereeniging, South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Naadira Patel is a Johannesburg based artist and curator whose work crosses between the mediums of painting, photography and video. She completed her undergraduate BA Fine Arts Degree at the Wits School of Arts in 2010, and is currently the assistant curator and exhibitions coordinator in the Division of Visual Arts at the Wits School of Arts, managing the Substation gallery space and co-curator of The Substation Residency: Dislocating the Studio. She has worked as a project manager and curatorial assistant on numerous projects, including the Joburg Art Fair in 2009 and 2010, Stevenson JHB in 2010 and Wide Angle: Photography as Public Practice in 2011.

PATEL I Like it When it Goes Fast 1

I like it when it goes fast / South Africa / 2010 / 5'58 / 4:3

An ongoing image and sound project, I like it when it goes fast explores notions of desire, intuition and acceleration. The physical focus of the project is a rollercoaster. Designed for pleasure and amusement while simultaneously restricted and safe, the rollercoaster is an urban structure through which one is able to relinquish anxiety and restraint, a momentary suspension of life, death and (dis)belief. The intoxication of the speed and adrenaline it procures is a rush pursued for its own end.