The Department of Art Public Talks Programme Spring 2020 welcomes artist Zadie Xa.
Zadie Xa uses live performance, video, painting and textiles to explore how disparate cultural experiences inform identities and notions of self. Her layered costume works are sites for exploring personal cultural histories that stitch together personally relevant imagery sourced from music, digital space, fashion and art history. Xa has developed a system of personalised symbols that propose entirely new images and objects, creating a personal visual language for articulating nuanced Asian identity narratives, which are frequently situated within fantastical or supernatural realms. Throughout her practice, Xa uses water and marine ecologies as metaphors for exploring the unknown, whilst also alluding to abstract notions of homeland.
Zadie Xa was born in Vancouver Canada and currently lives in London UK. She received an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2014 and her BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007.
Image: 'Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation' (2019) Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku Azerbaijan. Photo by Pat Verbruggen. Courtesy of the artist.
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