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Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Ocula Conversation Cinga Samson: ‘a different conversation on representation’ Jareh Das

Cinga Samson 's paintings lay bare the complex relationship between contemporary life, African traditions, globalisation, and representation. His strikingly sombre portraits contain similarities to those of contemporary painters such as Toyin Ojih Odutola, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye , Kehinde Wiley , Florine Démosthène, and Tunji...

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Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Ocula Report Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements Radha Mahendru, Dhaka

Seismic Movements , the fifth Dhaka Art Summit, plotted movements, solidarities, and exchanges across the Global South with over 500 artists, scholars, curators, and thinkers.

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Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Ocula Insight Guo Hongwei on Seeing Patterns That Don’t Exist Sherry Paik, New York

Guo Hongwei's recent watercolour paintings, showing at Chambers Fine Art in New York from 3 March, trigger pareidolia—the phenomenon of seeing random objects or patterns where they do not exist.

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b. 1974, United Kingdom

Shezad Dawood Biography

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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Dawood is one of the winners of the 2011 Abraaj Capital Art Prize. His work has been exhibited internationally, including as part of Altermodern, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at Tate Britain, and the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009), and the Busan Biennale in Korea (2010). His further extensive exhibitions include interventions in cities such as Tangiers, Mumbai, Karachi, Hamburg, and Singapore. Projects include a solo touring exhibition opening at Modern Art Oxford in April 2012 and a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London (2013). He currently lives and works in London, where he is Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster

Shezad Dawood Featured Artworks

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NAB II by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodNAB II, 2019Vintage textile collage 2019
150 x 113 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Enquire about this work
NAB I by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodNAB I, 2019Vintage textile collage and acrylic
150 x 113 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Enquire about this work
Pavilion-Archetype by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodPavilion-Archetype, 2019Vintage Textile Collage and Acrylic, with stainless steel hanging system
174 x 217 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Enquire about this work
Leviathan by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodLeviathan, 2017Resin with oxidised finish
12 x 40 x 5 cm
Barakat Contemporary Enquire about this work
Anselm Chapel, Tokyo by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodAnselm Chapel, Tokyo, 2016Acrylic on vintage textile
157 x 238 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire about this work
Ø4 (The Empress) by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork
Shezad DawoodØ4 (The Empress), 2016Acrylic on vintage textile
146.5 x 100 x 5.6 cm
Timothy Taylor Enquire about this work

Shezad Dawood 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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Shezad Dawood In Ocula Magazine

EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Ocula Report EXPO Chicago Sets the Scene for 2020 Stephanie Bailey, Chicago

'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 Tessa Moldan, Gwangju

'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...

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Shezad Dawood In Related Press

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

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 27 June 2017, Art Radar Journal

To coincide with the 57 th 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 7 May 2017, The Guardian

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 19 April 2017, Elephant

'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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Shezad Dawood In Video & Audio

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

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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