Zadie Xa, Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Explorations, 2016. Serpentine Gallery, London, 2016. Photo Manuela Barczewski



Zadie Xa (Canada/UK) uses live performance, video, painting and textiles to explore the overlapping and conflation of cultures that inform self-conceptualised identities and notions of self. Her layered textile works serves as sites for exploring contemporary identity construction and performance through cultural sampling informed by her own experience within the Asian diaspora.


Grandmother Mago, 2019

Bringing together live acoustic drumming, dance, costumes and painted sculptural elements, this processional performance explores multiplicitous identities, fictional family histories, and the transference of ancestral knowledge through matrilineal social structures.

Watch an excerpt of this performance here (from 00:28).


Presented with support from High Commission of Canada, Agustina Ferreyra, Union Pacific and Delfina Foundation’s Network of Asia-Pacific Patrons
Grandmother Mago (2019) is a revised version of Linguistic Legacies and Lunar Exploration, commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery for Saturdays Live in 2016.
The performance will be a precursor to Xa’s Art Night 2019 commission Child of Magohalmi and the Echos of Creation.
Masks: Benito Mayor Vallejo
Performed by and devised with: Iris Chan, Mary Feliciano, Jia-Yu Corti, Jihye Kim, and Yumino Seki

Other participating artists

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins 

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Paul Maheke

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Nástio Mosquito 

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Florence Peake and Eve Stainton 

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Victoria Sin

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