Through performance, video, painting and textiles, artist Zadie Xa interrogates the overlapping and conflation of cultures that inform self-conceptualized identities, notions of self and her experience within the Asian diaspora. Her layered textile works are sites for exploring contemporary identity construction and performance through cultural sampling, informed by her own experience within the Asian diaspora. Xa’s intricate, hand sewn wearable and performable garments stitch together familiar symbols used to identify Asian bodies as ‘other’ (the commodified yin-yang symbol, sword blades, lucky numbers, and ‘monolid’ eyes). Combating these with diverse references from a range of personally relevant imagery sourced from music, digital space, fashion, and art history. Xa has developed a system of personalized semiotics that propose entirely new images and objects, creating alternative Asian identity narratives often fantastical and within the realm of the supernatural.

Born in Vancouver Canada and currently living 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.

Current:
A Sojourn Through Saturn and Across the Southern Sea, comissioned soundwork by Stella Bottai and Lucia Pietroiusti for Cold Protein Podcast

Upcoming Exhibitions, Performances and Commissions:
STILL I RISE: FEMINISMS, GENDER, RESISTANCE, ACT 2, De La Warr Pavillion, UK, 2019
Public performance with Taylor Le Melle and Benito Mayor Vallejo with Kettle’s Yard for New Geographies UK, 2019

Solo Exhibitions:
Soju Sipping on a Sojourn to Saturn, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico DF, 2018
HOMEBOY 3030: Return the Tiger 2 the Mountain, Union Pacific, London, UK, 2018
The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell, organised by PS/Y for Hysteria 2017,  Pump House Gallery, London UK, 2017

Recent Selected Exhibitions:
Blessed Be: Spirituality, Mysticism, and the Occult in Contemporary Art, MOCA Tuscon
Paradise, organised by Adrienne Rubenstein and Edgar Bryan, Night Gallery, LA, US, 2018
Body Armor, curated by Jocelyn Miller, MoMA PS1, 2018
Four Pillars, L’inconnue, Montreal, CA, 2018

Performance:
Flooded with ICE/Hellfire Can't Scorch Me, comissioned by Hayward Gallery, Southbank Center, 2018
Iridezcent Interludez, “Do Disturb 2018”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018
Perfumed Purple Rice and Sateen Songs for Sadie, “Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine!” Serpentine Marathon 2017
The Sea Child, “Rehearsals from the Korean Avant-Garde Performance Archive”, Korean Cultural Centre UK, 2017
Crash Boom Hisssssss. Legend of the Liquid Sword, Block Universe 2017, Somerset House Studios, 2017
Basic Instructions B4 Leaving, organised by PS/Y for Hysteria 2017, Cafe OTO, 2016
Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration, Serpentine Gallery, London UK, 2016