Digital pigment print with silkscreen detail and emboss on Hahnemeuhle Photo Rag 308gsm
36.2 x 50 cm
Edition of 30, signed and numbered
About the work
Zadie Xa has created Passage to Death, 2023 especially for Whitechapel Gallery to accompany her solo exhibition Zadie Xa: House Gods, Animal Guides and Five Ways 2 Forgiveness 20 September 2022 – 30 April 2023
Xa’s edition for the Whitechapel Gallery portrays one of the central characters in her large scale painting, featured in the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition. The patron goddess of Korean shamans, Princess Bari is a figure largely associated with death and funerary rites and is the conduit for souls of the dead to pass through safely to the underworld. Xa describes the image as an homage to Princess Bari, as well as to the artist and film maker Park Chan-kyong and his 2013 film “Manshin: 10 Thousand Spirits”. This image of Princess Bari is inspired by her appearances in his film. Xa has surrounded the figure with an embossed grid of colour, a further reference to the textile structure from her Whitechapel Gallery installation.
About the artist
Korean-Canadian artist Zadie Xa was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1983. She lives and works in London. Drawing on her own background, Zadie Xa’s works reflect the artist’s ongoing engagement with hybrid and diasporic identities, global history, folklore, and spiritual and religious rituals. Xa’s art seeks to elevate narratives that have been erased and repressed by the West and occupying powers. It is a means to analyse and process socio-political conditions and cultural behaviours through a lens of masquerade, play, costuming and storytelling.
For her largest solo exhibition in London to date, Xa presents a new body of work commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery. Xa creates an ambitious installation where sculptures, textiles and paintings act as ‘tricksters’ and ‘shapeshifters’ in and amongst a large-scale fabric structure that is inspired by a traditional Korean home known as a hanok. Immersive lighting and audio transform the gallery’s historic architecture into a dreamscape that suggests ideas of liminality and transience.
Recent solo exhibitions include: The Box Plymouth (2022), National Gallery (2021, Leeds Art Gallery (2021), Remai Modern (2020). Group exhibitions and performances include: Jeju Biennale (2023), Somerset House (2023), Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2022), Hauser & Wirth, London (2022) Jeffrey Deitch Gallery (2022), Blindspot Gallery, Hong Kong (2022), Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (2022), Castello di Rivoli (2021), Haus der Kunst (2021), Shanghai Biennale (2021), Frieze London (2020), AGO Toronto (2020), Art Night (2020), Venice Biennale (2019), Hayward Gallery (2018) and Serpentine Galleries (2018 & 2017).
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