This spring Leeds Art Gallery celebrates reopening with a new body of work 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. It 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.
Visitors are taken on a journey through multiple dimensions by five animal guides which 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.