Artist Zadie Xa appears against a fictional background in purple tones. She is joined by various animal guides including a fox and gull and wearing an orca headpiece

Zadie Xa: Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers


18 May 2021 - 04 September 2021

Venue Leeds Art Gallery

Tags Adult, Community, Young People,

This Spring Leeds Art Gallery celebrates reopening with Zadie Xa: Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers.

Drawing from a range of fields including ecology, science fiction and ancient religions, Xa explores how beings imagine and inhabit their worlds. The exhibition tells the story of animal kinship as a survival strategy to save an ailing planet. The concept is based on the Korean shamanic tale of Princess Bari, who travels to the underworld in search of life-saving water to cure her dying parents.

Take a journey through multiple dimensions led by five animal guides who speak of the damages caused by industry and resource extraction. They call upon us to recognise the interconnectedness of every lifeform on earth and to take action, before it’s too late.

The exhibition marks a new level for Xa, in terms of how the experiential aspects of her practice are realised. Animating the sculptural installation with a three-dimensional soundscape and synchronized lighting, she creates a complete environment, full of voices and presence.


The exhibition is produced in partnership with Remai Modern. Remai Modern and the artist acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Leeds Art Gallery acknowledges the support of the Henry Moore Foundation.

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