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Shezad Dawood

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MASK played by Houda Echouafni / Piercing Brightness , 2011 Production Still © Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd / Photography: Richard Harrowing
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Jiang channels the MASK played by Chen Ko and Houda Echouafni Credit: Piercing Brightness , 2011 Production Still © Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd Photography: Richard Harrowing
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Equinox , 2012 Wall-mounted Neon Circle 70 Cm Ø, Elipse 40 X 100 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Paradise Row, London
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The Arrival - Jiang and Shin played by Chen Ko and Jennifer Lim / Piercing Brightness , 2011 Production Still © Courtesy of UBIK Productions Ltd (Image features ‘Halo’, an artwork by John Kennedy, commissioned by Mid Pennine Arts)
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Parasol unit installation view , 2012 © Photo Stephen White © Courtesy of the artist and the Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Art Dubai, 2011
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New Dream Machine Project (Production Still), Cinémathèque de Tanger, February 2011 © Courtesy of the Artist and Paradise Row, London
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CEJ I, 2010 Acrylic on Vintage Textile 130 X 190 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Chemould Prescott Road
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Outside , 2012 Acrylic and Screen Printing on Vintage Textile 180 X 360 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
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New Dream Machine Project, Cinémathèque de Tanger 2011 Production Still © Courtesy of the Artist and Abraaj Capital Art Prize, 2011. Photographer: Chris Miller
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New Dream Machine Project, Cinémathèque de Tanger 2011 Production Still © Courtesy of the Artist and Abraaj Capital Art Prize, 2011. Photographer: Chris Miller
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Feature, 2008 Production Still © Courtesy of the Artist and Paradise Row, London
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Cosmic Egg II, 2010 Acrylic on Vintage Textile 145 X 145 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Paradise Row
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THE BLACK SUN Neon 140 Cm ø, Wall Area 250 X 325 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
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Wolf Panel III, 2013 Acrylic on Vintage Textile 142 X 126 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Paradise Row
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Towards the Possible Film, 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Production Still © Courtesy of the Artist and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
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Menhirs II / Acrylic on vintage textile / 133 x 176 cm, 52 3/8 x 69 1/4 in / 2010 © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
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‘The Room’ concept drawing, 2015
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Godstown [winter morning], 2015 Acrylic on Vintage Textile 190 X 265 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Jane Lombard Gallery
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Expedition, 2016 © Courtesy of the Artist and Timothy Taylor
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
London, England
Birth year
1974
Lives in
London, UK
Works in
London, UK
Current Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016
Statement


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.


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Education

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 (www.bregenzerkunstverein.at)
‘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

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