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Thu 15 Jul, 7pm
Whitechapel Gallery Online
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About This Event
– This event takes place online only.
– You can access this event for free through this web page and also on the Whitechapel Gallery’s YouTube Channel, here.
– This event is suitable for those over the age of 16.
– We are unable to provide British Sign Language interpretation for this event.
– We are unable to provide live closed captioning or CART for this event.
– As the event is scheduled for a total of one hour, we will not take a rest break.
– As the event is being live streamed, you can access it from your home if you have access to an internet connection.
– We do not yet know if we will be able to make the recording available afterwards.
This information will be updated where required.
Giant shells, orcas and ancient powers are recurring presences in Zadie Xa’s work, where the significance of the sea to diasporic identities is centred. Korean folk tales, such as those of Grandmother Mago – the goddess that created all nature and geographical formations in the universe – are a principle focus of Xa’s projects.
For Ways of Knowing, Xa presents a new online film work, The Word for Water is Whale, exploring the interconnectedness of memory, travel and knowledge transmission via deep listening required to further understand our world and those with whom we share it. This artist talk delves into the ideas in the work and the broader themes of marine existences and watery knowledges across oceans.
This event is part of our season Ways of Knowing: Water / Fluidity.
Zadie Xa was born and raised in Vancouver on the unceded territories of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and is now based in London, UK. Her work is informed by her experiences within the Korean diaspora, as well as the environmental and cultural context of the Pacific Northwest. Her work often features garments, including cloaks and masks, used for live performance and within installation or moving image. Throughout her practice, Xa uses water and marine ecologies as metaphors for exploring the unknown, whilst also alluding to abstract notions of homeland.
Xa’s practice is highly collaborative, and she has developed ongoing exchanges with dancers, musicians and actors. Since 2006, Xa has worked closely with artist Benito Mayor Vallejo. Together they have staged live performance, moving image, installations and painting.
Zadie earned an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2014 and a BFA at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007.