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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Shezad Dawood

b. 1974, United Kingdom

Shezad Dawood was born in London in 1974 and 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 other artists to create 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. For example, his collaborative film project, Feature (2008), which relocated the action of a traditional western to the English countryside, slipping into other sub-genres such as the zombie-flick, and Wagnerian opera (and features cameos from artists Jimmie Durham and David Medalla), as well as South Asian god-flick.

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NAB II by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodNAB II, 2019 Vintage textile collage 2019
150 x 113 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary
NAB I by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodNAB I, 2019 Vintage textile collage and acrylic
150 x 113 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary
Pavilion-Archetype by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodPavilion-Archetype, 2019 Vintage Textile Collage and Acrylic, with stainless steel hanging system
174 x 217 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary
Institute of Fine Arts by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodInstitute of Fine Arts, 2019 Vintage Textile Collage and Acrylic
184.5 x 155 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary
Encroachment II (Peace air drop) by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodEncroachment II (Peace air drop), 2018 Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
139 x 119 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary
Tooth Brush by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodTooth Brush, 2017 Mixed media on Fortuny textile
192 x 155 cm
Barakat Contemporary
Red, blue and white striped jumper by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodRed, blue and white striped jumper, 2017 Mixed media on Fortuny textile
191.5 x 156 cm
Barakat Contemporary

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Shezad Dawood, Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales at Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
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1 September–4 November 2018 Shezad Dawood Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales Barakat Contemporary, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Shezad Dawood, Kalimpong at Timothy Taylor, London
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16 September–22 October 2016 Shezad Dawood Kalimpong Timothy Taylor, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Shezad Dawood, Anarchitecture at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
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9 April–14 May 2016 Shezad Dawood Anarchitecture Jane Lombard Gallery, New York

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EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Ocula Report EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 27 Sep 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

'Where Will You Be in 1933?' was the official song of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair—a buoyant ditty written in 1932 to promote an exposition celebrating Chicago's centennial during the Great Depression. On 18 September 2019, it was performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Samson Young: World Fair Music. The performance extended...

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Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders Ocula Report Gwangju Biennale: Imagined Borders 20 Sep 2018 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

'I have felt persecuted for weeks by this same asphyxiating dream.' So narrates the forlorn Portuguese speaker in Kiluanji Kia Henda's film, Concrete Affection – Zopo Lady (2014), as city scenes and modernist buildings in Luanda flit past the camera's lens. The narration is pulled from Another Day of Life (1971), Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski's...

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In Related Press

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What to look for at Frieze London Related Press What to look for at Frieze London The Guardian : 2 October 2019

Modernist architecture is still a big focus for artists – as long as its Eurocentric and male-dominated history can be rewritten while its buildings are celebrated. Frieze Live is one of the fair's main curated sections, and this year it features British artist Shezad Dawood's performance piece. Dawood's work draws on the work of Bangladeshi...

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Shezad Dawood launches his ten-part film cycle during the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Shezad Dawood launches his ten-part film cycle during the 57th Venice Biennale Art Radar Journal : 27 June 2017

To coincide with the 57th Venice Biennale, London-based artist Shezad Dawood launches his new body of work from 7 May to 24 September 2017. The work Leviathan is a ten-part film cycle that will unfold over the next three years across a number of international venues, concluding in a presentation of all ten episodes in 2020.

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I've created a monster! Shezad Dawood on his oceanic epic Leviathan Related Press I've created a monster! Shezad Dawood on his oceanic epic Leviathan The Guardian : 7 May 2017

The giant squid, democracy, mental health, migration—big beasts, one and all. And each plays a role in Leviathan, a cycle of 10 films by artist Shezad Dawood that traces links from human activity to marine ecology and back again. The fates of crayfish, phytoplankton and spots on the sun are intertwined with that of the desperate souls...

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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In Video & Audio

Shezad Dawood in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud Related Video & Audio Shezad Dawood in conversation with Nicolas Bourriaud Timothy Taylor : 1 July 2017

Continuing an interest in how we experience time, and more specifically how the past continues to echo into the present, Dawood uses the site of Kalimpong – a small town in West Bengal – as a bridge between the past and the present. This is achieved through a layering of narratives that link Buddhism, painting, textiles, animation, digital new...

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