Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, London, UK) lives and works in London. Studied at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is Senior Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster. Dawood works across film, painting and sculpture to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore meanings and forms between film and painting, his practice often involves collaboration, working with groups and individuals across different disciplines. These networks map across geographic borders and communities and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and performance. His recent feature film Piercing Brightness (2013) has been screened at the ICA, London; MoMA, New York; and various international festivals and museums. Select curatorial projects include the exhibition and publication: Black Sun, for the Devi Art Foundation, Delhi (2013/4). Select solo exhibitions include Timothy Taylor, London (2016); Galerist, Istanbul (2016); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2015); Fig.2, ICA studio, London (2015); Parasol Unit, London (2014); Leeds Art Gallery (2014); OCAT Xi’an, China (2014); and Modern Art Oxford (2012). Select group exhibitions include Thinking Tantra, Drawing Room, London (2016); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Taipei Biennial (2014); Marrakech Biennial (2014); MACBA Barcelona (2014); Witte de With (2013); Busan Biennale (2010); Tate Britain, Altermodern (2009); and the Venice Biennale (2009). His work is held in public collections including Tate; Government Art Collection, UK; UBS; The British Museum, London; LACMA, Los Angeles; and National Gallery of Canada.
Last updated: 10.02.2021