Thaddaeus Ropac takes on rising star artist Zadie Xa
By Maximilíano Durón
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, which has locations in London, Paris, Salzburg, and Seoul, has added London-based artist Zadie Xa to its roster. The rising artist will be included in Ropac’s booth at Art Basel Hong Kong, and she will have her first solo show with the gallery in March 2024 at its Paris Marais location.
Working across performance, textiles, paintings, and video, Xa draws on her lived experience as a Korean Canadian woman for an experimental practice that focuses on the nuances of living in diaspora and the legacies and histories that often come with that experience.
“Narrative storytelling is a way in which I’m able to enter different worlds and think about what’s happening within the sociopolitical contemporaneously to me. My work is pushing back against that monolithic idea of what the centrepoint of culture is,” Xa said in a statement.
Dealer Thaddaeus Ropac added, “Zadie Xa is an incredibly dynamic artist who combines materials and mediums in an experimental and progressive way. Her distinctive voice questions how we form our identity, bringing diverse motifs and imagery into dialogue across her wide-ranging practice.”