Artist Statement

My practice is rooted in a post-disciplinary background drawing heavily from my performing and visual arts training as well as my curatorial experience and education. Deejaying has been a culminating point between tastemaking and spacemaking, connecting songs to cultural and personal currents and memory. While deejaying is democratic and collaborative, it has possibilities to engage social and political spheres through sound and performance.

Growing up in Chicago during the takeoff of hip-hop, electro, and the proliferation of musical styles of subcultural and counter-cultural identity movements has been a vehicle for re-examining celebrated voices in pop culture. Coded in music are the affects, aspirations, and struggles of cultural experiences. My practice zeros-in on anthems and mantras that can be excavated to take on socio-political proportions and become a call to arms for listeners to remember times of resistance.   

In this way, my deejay practice is not in step with popular notions of what deejaying is, means, and can do. In my practice, blending, cutting, editing, and re-working tracks is a form of articulation. The hands and ears work to compose a story and soundtrack experiences. The juxtaposition of songs from various spatial geographies and time periods or cultures and genres undermines what we understand as fixed as well as the conceptualization of culture, distance, time, and travel. The classifications of music become an alternative form of knowledge production that is just as much about heart as it is cerebral, where the deejay booth and the dance floor become a new academia.

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A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, her practice includes sonic art and sound design, deejay performance, exhibition making, and collaborations within communities of difference.

Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Propeller Fund grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition's HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center; The New Gallery, NC. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel Film Center Exhibition Program, among others.

Sadie received her BA from Columbia College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute. She is a full-time artist and freelances as a curator, soundesigner, deejay and performs under the moniker Afrodjia. Sadie is currently a resident deejay at Lumpen Radio and Faculty at the School of the Art Institute.


Clients & Venues

3Arts, 6018North, agencyEA, Alliance of Artist Communities Conference, Alliance Français, AMFM Gallery, Arbella, Audience Architects, #BlackSexMatters, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, CIMMfest, Chicago Pride, Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago Urban Arts Society, Columbia College Chicago, Event Architects, EXPO Chicago, Field Museum, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Harpo Productions, House of Blues Foundation Room, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Joffrey Ballet, The Kimpton Gray Hotel, Lake FX Summit + Expo, Lambda Legal, Langham Hotel Chuan Spa, LuxBar, M2057 by Maria Pinto, Make Music Chicago, Magasin Centre d'Art Contemporain, Marwen, Mercadito Double A Lounge, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Museum of Mexican Art, Navy Pier, Project Interiors, Radisson Blu Hotel Filini Bar, Ragdale Foundation, Rebuild Foundation, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The Royce Detroit, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Sepia, The Silver Room, Sotheby's Auction House, Tanta, University of Chicago, Unifest, University of Illinois, Verve Life, Virgin Megastore, Untitled, W Hotel, WBEZ 91.5FM, WNUR 89.3FM, and many more.


Notable Acts

Alex from Tokyo, Âme, Maurice "Ice" Culpepper, Massimo Dacosta, Dark Wave Disco, Amy Db, Jerome Derradji, Dimitri from Paris, Jesse De La Peña, Diz, Dixon, Brian Gardner, Mark Grant, Shannon Harris, iO, Jevon Jackson, Sharam Jey, The Juan Maclean, Julius the Mad Thinker, Leonard Part Sixx, David "Cratebug" Macius, Madrid, Miguel Migs, Claude Monet, NewLife, Anthony Nicholson, Paco Buggin, Gilles Peterson, Redux DJs, Gavin Rayna Russom, Michael Serafini, Shala., Soulphonetics, Ron Trent, Taigo Onez, Marcus Worgull, and many more.