Shezad Dawood

(UK) b.1974

Lives and works in London

Shezad Dawood’s British and Pakistani roots are reflected in his works. Appropriating many of his ideas from modern European and American aesthetics, Dawood generates a critical examination of identity. He works across a broad spectrum of media, and his art has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the UK as well as internationally in Europe, the USA, Australia and India. Much of Dawood's practice involves curating and collaboration, frequently working with artists, curators and critics across different territories to physically and conceptually map far-reaching lines of enquiry.

Dawood will present a new sculptural work Why Depend on Space and Time, a video work Towards the Possible Film, and 4 textile paintings specially selected for TB2014.  The new sculptural work Why Depend on Space and Time is intended as an homage to Robert Anton Wilson (1932 – 2007), the American author and polymath who became, at various times, a novelist, essayist, philosopher, psychonaut, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. The sculpture is conceived as a quantum portrait in honour of Wilson’s theories on quantum physics. The film Towards the Possible Film was shot on location in Sidi Ifni, Morocco, a Martian landscape bearing the legacy of Spanish occupation and contemporary political agitation. The film explores anthropological concepts of indigenousness through the genre of science fiction. 

Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at MACBA Barcelona (2014), Modern Art Oxford (2012), the Busan Biennale (2010), Tate Britain (2009), and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Shezad is a Jarman Award nominee (2012) and one of the winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2011).

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