screen still from "The Conch, Sea Urchin and Brass Bell" 2017 two channel HD video

Zadie Xa


Through performance, video, painting and textiles, Zadie Xa interrogates the conflation of cultures that inform self conceptualised identities, notions of self and her own experience within the Asian diaspora. Her intricate hand-sewn fabric work stitches together yin-yangs, knives, lucky numbers and monolid eyes. These familiar motifs operate within a system of personalised semiotics, aspiring to create new and alternative Asian identity narratives that are often fantastical and within the realm of the supernatural. She received an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2014 and a BFA at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2007.