Presented within a semi-closed structure, sliding doors guide visitors into the stand. There are spotlights creating dramatic shadows and the whole space will be painted. The sliding doors are references to Korean rice paper doors. They are translucent allowing visibility into the stand can be moved open or closed, acting as theatrical curtain, characters in a performance, painting and architectural barrier. Inside the booth is a large fan, divider screen & mobile sculptures made from wood and textile. Throughout the day, the gallerists will choose how to display the doors, to allow for a constant shift in viewer perspective.
Through performance, moving image, textile and painting, Zadie Xa playfully interrogates the conflation of cultures that inform her position within the Asian diaspora. This theatrical set, further explores Xa's interest in the creation of parallel dimensions where imagined ancestral homelands are manifested into physical environments. Activated through storytelling and fantastical family histories the space will play upon the artist's preoccupation with theatrical staging through the employment of a sound piece, lighting and the shifting of the sliding doors. The included works are components of a larger mise en scène and function similarly to props within a set, with the constructed wall and stage structure serving as a backdrop, enclosing the installation within. While each piece stands alone as a singular work, the narrative thread is strongest when the works are together.
Zadie Xa was born in 1983 in Vancouver, Canada and lives and works in London, She received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London, UK and BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. Recent exhibitions include: Group Show, PS1 MOMA, New York; Do Disturb, Performance Festival, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Union Pacific Solo Show, London; Performance Festival, Hayward Gallery, London; Solo Show, Galería Agustina Ferreyra The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell Pump House Gallery, London UK; (solo) HERE, Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists Aga Khan Museum, Toronto Canada; How to call the spirits CONDO, Agustina Ferreyra Gallery at Chapter NY, New York, USA; Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK; Crash Boom Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword Block Universe 2017, Somerset House Studios, London, UK; Thomas J. Price / Ebony G. Patterson / Zadie Xa Hales Gallery, London, UK; Walled Gardens in an Insane Eden Sara Zanin Gallery, Rome, Italy.