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Zadie Xa: Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers

A female figure with decorative headdress in a landscape with a fox, seagull and conch shell
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18 May 2021 - 4 Sep 2021

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Leeds Art Gallery

The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AA

This Spring Leeds Art Gallery celebrates reopening with a new body of work from Canadian born artist Zadie Xa. Leeds Art Gallery closed its doors to the public on 2 December in line with the Government response to COVID-19. It’s highly anticipated reopening is further supported by the launch of Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.

Drawing from a range of interests including ecology, science fiction and ancient religions, Xa explores how beings imagine and inhabit their worlds. It tells the story of animal kinship as a survival strategy to save an ailing planet. The concept is based on the Korean shamanic tale of Princess Bari, who travels to the underworld in search of life-saving water to cure her dying parents.

Visitors are taken on a journey through multiple dimensions by five animal guides which speak of the damages caused by industry and resource extraction. They call upon us to recognise the interconnectedness of every lifeform on earth and to take action, before it’s too late.

Since 2006, Xa has worked closely with artist Benito Mayor Vallejo. For the Leeds presentation, Xa and Mayor Vallejo have created a free standing painting that acts as an invitation into the space. The painting is inspired by foldable East Asian screens and depicts a narrative map to the characters and world waiting within the main gallery, which contains five new sculptures in dialogue with Xa’s textile pieces.

The exhibition marks a new level for Xa, in terms of how the experiential aspects of her practice are realised. Animating the sculptural installation with a three-dimensional soundscape and synchronized lighting, she creates a complete environment, full of voices and presence.

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