• Tai Shani, Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS, 2018, mixed media. Installation view. Photo: Jules Lister.

    Tai Shani

    The Tetley

    “Dark Continent: SEMIRAMIS,” Tai Shani’s exhibition at the Glasgow International festival this past spring—a four-day event that included actors performing the artist’s scripts within a sculptural installation—was roundly praised by critics, so it was interesting to see her subsequent exhibition in Leeds, which expanded on some of the ideas deployed in that project. “Semiramis” envisioned a kind of city of women with twelve key characters that Shani has developed over the past four years. Occupying the entire building, the show extended from the downstairs foyer—where literary

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