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Tai Shani, Dark Continent SEMIRAMIS - Performance, 2018. Commissioned by Glasgow Internoational 2018

Tai Shani, Dark Continent SEMIRAMIS - Performance, 2018. Commissioned by Glasgow Internoational 2018

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CANCELLED: Wednesday Walkthrough with Tai Shani

Tai Shani

09 Jan 2019

Unfortunatley, due to illness, Tai Shani's walkthrough this evening has been cancelled. We apologise for any disappointment caused.



Join us for a different perspective on our exhibition as artists, experts, researchers and academics give short talks in their field of expertise relating to the concepts explored in our two solo exhibitions.

Wednesday Walkthroughs are 45min talks, every other Wednesday at 2pm or 6pm. See more walkthroughs here.
Hear Tai Shani, artist featured in Still I Rise, talk about her work in the exhibition.
Free entry
No need to book -  just drop in.
Tai Shani's multidisciplinary practice, comprising performance, film, photography and installation, revolves around experimental narrative texts. Shani creates violent, erotic and fantastical images told in a dense, floral language which re-imagines female otherness as a perfect totality, set in a world complete with cosmologies, myth and histories that negate patriarchy. These alternate between familiar narrative tropes and structures and theoretical prose in order to explore the construction of subjectivity, excess and effects of the epic as the ground for a post-patriarchal realism. 
Tai Shani's on-going project Dark Continent Productions that proposes an allegorical city of women, is an experimental and expanded adaptation of Christine de Pizan's 1405 pioneering feminist book, The Book of the City of Ladies within which Christine builds an allegorical city for notable women drawn from a medieval conception of history, where fact, fiction and myth are blurred. This non-hierarchical approach also determines the construction of the characters and narrative of Dark Continent.
Tai Shani was born in London. Shani has presented her work extensively in the UK and abroad, recent exhibitions and commissions include, Glasgow International (2018) Wysing Arts Centre (2017); Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2016); RADAR commission, Loughborough University, (2016), Serpentine Galleries (2016); Tate Britain (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2015); Southbank Centre, London (2014-15); Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); Matt’s Gallery, London (2012) and FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais and Loop Festival, Barcelona (2011); The Barbican, London (2011); ICA, London (2011)