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Tai Shani, Dark Continent SEMIRAMIS- Performance, 2018. Image Keith Hunter Photography

Tai Shani, Dark Continent SEMIRAMIS- Performance, 2018. Image Keith Hunter Photography

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Tai Shani: Dark Continent Performance

07 Dec 2018 - 09 Dec 2018

Fri 7 Dec, 6.30pm

Sat 8 Dec, 6.30pm

Sun 9 Dec, 5pm

Tai Shani’s Dark Continent performance is an experimental adaptation of Christine de Pizan’s proto-feminist book The Book of the City of Ladies (1405), which proposes an allegorical city of women. Populated by historical, imagined and non-human women, Dark Continent imagines a space and time where sensation and interiority lead the way for a possible post-patriarchal future.


Image credit: Tai Shani, Dark Continent SEMIRAMIS- Performance, 2018. Commissioned by Glasgow International 2018 – produced in collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary. Image Keith Hunter Photography


Free. Booking required. 

The Space



Please note the performance contains nudity and adult themes.

Strictly 18 +




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 affects 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)