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AGO Live: Zadie Xa - Grandmother Mago

image of artists in costume performing Grandmother Mago

Zadie Xa, Grandmother Mago, 2019. Performance part of Meetings on Art, 58th Venice Biennale, 2019. Credit Riccardo Banfi. Courtesy Delfina Foundation and Arts Council England.

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AGO Live: Zadie Xa - Grandmother Mago

Wednesday January 15, Thursday January 16

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

Presented at the Venice Biennale 2019 with support from High Commission of Canada, Galeria 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 was the precursor to Zadie Xa’s Art Night 2019 commission Child of Magohalmi and the Echoes of Creation. This is the Canadian Premiere of Grandmother Mago

Masks by Benito Mayor Vallejo

Performed by and devised with Iris Chan, Mary Feliciano, Jia-Yu Corti, Jihye Kim and Yumino Seki

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.

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