Sculpture Talks: Zadie Xa
The sixth in a series of talks exploring sculptural practice today, celebrating the Year of Sculpture in the run up to Yorkshire Sculpture International in summer 2019.
(Image credits: Zadie Xa, Irridezcent Interludez (2018) - Live performance Palais de Tokyo ©Guillaume Lebrun)
Zadie Xa will be talking about her exhibitions and performances. Her work was recently shown in a solo presentation with Union Pacific at Frieze London 2018.
Through performance, video, painting and textiles, she interrogates the overlapping and conflation of cultures that inform self-conceptualised identities, notions of self and her experience within the Asian diaspora. Her intricate hand sewn fabric works stitch together familiar symbols of yin-yangs, knives, lucky numbers and monolid eyes, all operating within a system of personalised semiotics.
She uses these exaggerated motifs both to combat and engage with perceptions of Asian identity and otherness and to aspire to create new and alternative Asian identity narratives, which are often fantastical and within the realm of the supernatural.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include: Paradise, Night Gallery, LA (2018), Body Armor, MoMA PS1, New York (2018), HOMEBOY3030: Return the Tiger 2 the Mountain, Union Pacific, London (2018), The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell, Pump House Gallery, London (2017).
Born in Vancouver, Canada and currently living in London, Xa received an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London in 2014 and her BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2007.
This series of talks has been programmed in partnership between Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture International.