Zadie Xa and Benito Mayor Vallejo, Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers, 2020, digital collage. Courtesy of the artists.

This Spring Leeds Art Gallery celebrates reopening with a new exhibition from Canadian born artist Zadie Xa. Moon Poetics 4 Courageous Earth Critters and Dangerous Day Dreamers,  marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.

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.

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