Saturdays Live: Ayesha Tan-Jones, Parasites of Pangu

Serpentine Gallery

20 Jul 2019 - 3:00 PM

Saturdays Live:
Ayesha Tan-Jones, Parasites of Pangu

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Ayesha Tan-Jones presents Parasites of Pangu, a dystopian opera exploring the world through the story of an archeologist of the future, based on a Chinese creation myth. Through apocalyptic veils and decaying soils, a hopeful future is envisioned. Expect lamenting arias, J-pop dance routines, spirits summoned from the Anthropocene and shapeshifting herbal deities.  

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Ayesha Tan-Jones is an artist and musician whose work is a spiritual practice that seeks to fuse activism and art to present an alternative, queer, optimistic dystopia. They work through ritual, meditating through craft, and building forms from their dreams. Tan-Jones approaches activism through art, creating diverse, eco-conscious narratives that aim to connect, enthral and induce audiences to think more sustainably and ethically. Traversing pop music, sculpture, alter-egos, digital image and video work, Tan-Jones sanctifies these mediums as tools in their craft. Tan-Jones is the founder of Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club, a physical and meta-physical self defence class for women, non binary people and QTIPoC, combining Brazilian JuJitsu and magical/medicinal herbalism to create a holistic approach to self-defence. Through community ritual and collective healing, the energy created at SSFC is  powerful and creative. In June 2016, Tan-Jones was awarded the Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s graduate residency award, giving them space and materials to research and make work on the grounds, which culminated with a show in March 2017.

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Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

YaYa Bones, a becoming ritual, 2019, Eaton Hong Kong. Photo by Xin Li
Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones, Psychic Excavations @ Res., detail, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist
Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones, Parasites of Pangu 2.0, @ Gropius Bau, 2018. Photo by William Grob
Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones, Playing the Keyboard, Parasites of Pangu, 1.0 @ Res., 2018, Photo by Yasmin Akim
Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones pangu

Ayesha Tan-Jones, Parasites of Pangu, 1.0 @ Res., 2018, Photo by Jade Jackman