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Shezad Dawood

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London, England

Birth year

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London, UK

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London, UK


Representing galleries


Shezad Dawood (b. London 1974) trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood works across various media, and much of his practice involves collaboration, frequently working with unique networks around a given project or site. These networks map across different geographic locations and communities, and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and restaging. 

Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally, including as part of ‘Altermodern’, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at Tate Britain, the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009), and the Busan Biennale (2010). Recent projects include a solo touring exhibition that opened at Modern Art Oxford in April 2012, and an upcoming solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London (2014). Shezad has been nominated for the Jarman Award 2012. He currently lives and works in London, where he is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.



2004 – 2008 Leeds Metropolitan University PhD (Fine Art)
Thesis: 'The Killing of Chief Crazy Horse - A Metaphorical Allegory in 3 Parts'. A paper examining
the relationships between live art, gallery and text, as both artistic and curatorial practice.
2000 – 2003 Royal College of Art, London MPhil Fine Art (Photography)
Thesis: ‘Cowboys & Indians – Duality & Difference in the contemporary empire of signs’
1998 – 2000 Royal College of Art, London MA Fine Art (Photography)
1994 – 1997 Central St Martin's College of Art & Design, London BA (Hons) Critical Fine Art Practice (First Class)

Upcoming Exhibitions

2013 ‘Black Sun’, Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (Curated by Shezad Dawood)
‘Piercing Brightness’, KINOKINO, Sandnes, Norway (Solo)
2012 ‘Parasolstice’, Parasol Unit, London (Solo)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 ‘Piercing Brightness’, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall
‘Piercing Brightness’, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford
‘Cosmic Beach’, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam
2011 ‘New Dream Machine Project’, L’Appartement22, Rabat
‘Piercing Brightness’, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston
2010 ‘A Mystery Play’, Plug In ICA, Winnipeg
‘The Jewels of Aptor’, Paradise Row, London
‘Cities of the Future’, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai
‘Intensive Surfaces’, Århus Kunstbygning, Århus
2009 ‘I Knew I Should Have Taken that Right Turn at Albuquerque’, Washington Garcia, Glasgow
‘MONTANA’, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam
2008 ‘Feature: Architecture’, East Side Projects, Birmingham
‘Journey to the End of the Night’, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milano
‘Until the End of the World’, The Third Line, Dubai
2007 ‘If I Should Fall From Grace With God’, Paradise Row, London
‘The End of Civilisation’, Axel Lapp Projects, Berlin
2006 ‘Shezad Dawood & Friends’, Artists’ Studio, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 ‘Speak Nearby’, Whitstable Biennale
‘Drawings’, Paradise Row, London
2011 ‘Videonale: Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art’, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
‘How I Learned To Stop Fearing and Love the Exotic Art’, Art Life Lounge, JAMM Foundation, Kuwait
‘Generation in Transition’, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
‘Videonale’, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn & BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice
‘The Pavement and the Beach’, Paradise Row, London
‘AS THE WORLD TURNS: New Art From London’, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney
2010 ‘Illuminations (After Arthur Rimbaud)’, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York
‘Living in Evolution’, Busan Biennale, Busan
‘Rude Britannia: British Comic Art’, Tate Britain, London
‘Grand National’, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen.
‘Dawnbreakers’, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton.
‘Wonderland: New Art from London’, Assab One, Milano
‘The Empire Strikes Back: Indian Art Today’, Saatchi Gallery, London
2009 ‘Disorientation II’, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
AiM International Biennale 3rd Edition, Marrakech, Morocco
‘The Artist’s Studio’, Compton Verney, Warwickshire
‘Making Worlds’, The 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice
‘Natural Wonders: New Art from London’, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow
‘Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009’, (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), Tate Britain, London
‘Untold: The Rise of Schisms (Indian Popular Culture and Beyond), Sala de Exposiciones Alcala 31, Madrid
2008 ‘Indian Highway’, Serpentine Gallery, London – in collaboration with Mukul Deora
‘Lightness of Being’, Initial Access, The Frank Cohen Collection
‘ReAsia’, HKW, Berlin
2007 ‘Hobbyhorse’, Arndt & Partner, Zurich, October 2007 (curated by Elaine Ng)
2006 ‘Bubble & Squeak’ (curated by Shay Ohayon), PM Gallery, Toronto
‘East Wing Collection’, Courtauld Institute, London
2005 ‘Yabba Dabba Do’, Cell Project Space, with Hilary Koob-Sassen
‘London in Six Easy Steps’, ICA, London (curated by B+B)
‘Go Between’, Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria (
‘We Have Met the Enemy & He Is Us’, Redux, 116 Commercial Street London E1
2003 ‘Indians & Cowboys’, Gallery 4a, Sydney, Australia
2002 ‘Site + Sight’, Earl-Lu Gallery, Singapore
‘Ausgang’, Studio Voltaire, London
2001 ‘Century City’, Tate Modern, London
‘Selbst | porträt’, Schloss Agathenburg, Agathenburg, Germany
2000 ‘Through A Glass Darkly’, Kunstlerhaus Mösentürm, Frankfurt
1999 ‘000zerozerozero’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

Selected Screenings

2012 ‘Trailer’, The Film London Jarman Award Shortlist National Tour, Various Venues, UK
2011 ‘Feature’, Videonale: Dialogue in Contemporary Video Art, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan
‘Sunday Morning’ and ‘Feature’, Generation in Transition, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
‘Piercing Brightness’ (Experimental cut with live soundtrack by Acid Mothers Temple),
Abandon Normal Devices Festival, FACT, Liverpool
‘Feature’, Video Night, Cinema Gnomo in association with Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milano
‘Feature’, Videonale, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn & BWA Contemporary Art Gallery, Katowice
2008 ‘Feature’, Aurora Festival, Norwich
Selected Prizes & Awards

2012 Jarman Award Shortlisted
2011 Abraaj Capital Art Prize
2008 Commissions East
2007 Film London, LAFVA Award
2005 Live Art Development Agency One to One Bursary
2003 Artsadmin Bursary

Recent Exhibits

Shezad Dawood participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Kalimpong
Timothy Taylor
Jul, 2016 Thèâtre de l'absurde (Prequel)
Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Apr, 2016 Anarchitecture
Jane Lombard Gallery
Feb, 2016 Art Rotterdam 2016: Projections: Video Art
Art Rotterdam
Oct, 2015 The Double Life of Arthur Schnitzler
Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Apr, 2015 Pop Up Gallery supporting British Red Cross, Art for Life
Pop Up Gallery supporting British Red Cross, Art for Life
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