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Zadie Xa, 《Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation》

12 July 2019 - 29 Sep 2019


Zadie Xa, 〈Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation〉, 2019. HD video, film still. ⓒZadia Xa.

YARAT Contemporary Art Space announces a solo exhibition from Korean-Canadian artist Zadie Xa, running from 12 July – 29 September 2019. Showcasing a major new multimedia project, Xa creates a sub-aquatic marine environment, inviting audiences to enter into an immersive world by way of atmospheric lighting, surround-sound, large-scale video projections, sculptures and costumes. Within her immersive world, she presents an origin story inspired by Korean creation myths, centered on the giant goddess Grandmother Mago (Magohalmi). Exploring the passing down of ancestral knowledge through the matrilineal social structures that are based on the separation of responsibilities between male and female deities in the creation of the universe, the work confronts the goddesses’ shift in cultural status over time, from central to marginal. Throughout her practice, Xa uses water and marine ecologies as metaphors for exploring the unknown, whilst also alluding to abstract notions of homeland, having grown up on the west coast of Canada. Often creating fantastical underwater realms, the exhibition features a large-scale, surround-sound video projection of the ocean, and a pod of orcas – a theme which is then revisited in a series of sculptures.

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