Fatima Al Qadiri is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who’s making great music (on her own and with a variety of awesome side projects) and talking about it in really thoughtful and interesting ways. The folks at Rookie premiered a new track off her upcoming Asiatisch, an album that tackles Orientalism by examining and critiquing an “imaginary China” based on Western stereotypes:
It’s about being exposed to a Western construct. It’s a catalog of dislocated stereotypes that’s been building over centuries, but became pronounced in the age of mass media. It’s a concept that a lot of people can relate to, regardless of where they’re from.
Go check out her interview at Rookie — where she talks a little more about her album, growing up in Kuwait, and sexism in music — and listen to Shanghai Freeway below!