Watch: Gal Leshem in conversation with Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Watch Gal Leshem and guest speaker, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, as they discuss Leshem’s current exhibition ‘Looking for Rubia Tinctorum’.
The title of the exhibition refers to the artist’s ongoing search for a particular red plant, used historically for dye. Rubia Tinctorum, also known as Madder, originated in the Levant and was used by the British Empire as the main dye for the British redcoats. By investigating the dissemination of dyes along Colonial and Imperial trade routes, Leshem states her work ‘uncovers the Othering of certain groups through colour’. Leshem’s video-based work is a guided search for red fabric in the paintings of the National Gallery. It directly relates to the large-scale textile pieces on display that are made from hand-dyed cloth, following traditional dying recipes.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll works on colonial histories through contemporary art. She is currently working on a book about repatriation. Her art practice involves montaging words and images within films and installations that voice alternate histories through texts and performances.
Khadija holds a PhD from Harvard University and has curated/co-created various exhibitions internationally including The Lost World (Part 2), Kranich Museum, Vienna Zocolo, and Botanical Drift.