Aida Wilde and her family arrived in the UK from Iran as asylum seekers when she was a child. During her formative years she has become a well-respected print maker, educator, curator and artist in her own right.

We discuss the culture shock of arriving from the middle east to Sunderland, onto her move to London and eventually her home of Hackney Wick. Aida’s work documents the fast-changing landscape of the Wick as well as calling out social injustice in all its forms, in particular ridiculing the patriarchy and the absurdity of the gender gap.

We talk about all of this and go off tangents about football culture, the creative industries and how she has maintained her integrity whilst dealing with the opportunities that success has brought her.

At every turn Aida was open and honest with wherever the conversation took us, and I left her studio feeling extremely privileged and grateful to have been allowed into her world to record this chat.  

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