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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

Exhibition view: Shezad Dawood, House in a Garden, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (11 November–31 December 2021). Courtesy Jhaveri Contemporary.

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Solid and Voids by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Shezad DawoodSolid and Voids, 2020Acrylic on vintage textile
194 x 154 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Situated Architecture by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Shezad DawoodSituated Architecture, 2020Acrylic on vintage textile
197 x 188 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Overhangs by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Shezad DawoodOverhangs, 2020Acrylic on vintage textile
215 x 150 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Context by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Shezad DawoodContext, 2020Acrylic on vintage textile
227 x 178 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Circulation by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Shezad DawoodCirculation, 2020Acrylic on vintage textile
250 x 172 cm
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Enchroachments by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork moving image
Shezad DawoodEnchroachments, 2019VR environment
Jhaveri Contemporary Contact Gallery
Leviathan by Shezad Dawood contemporary artwork sculpture
Shezad DawoodLeviathan, 2017Resin with oxidised finish
12 x 40 x 5 cm
Barakat Contemporary Contact Gallery

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