Shezad Dawood works across disciplines film, painting, neon, sculpture and more recently virtual reality to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across geographic borders and communities. Through a fascination with the esoteric, otherness and science-fiction, Dawood interweaves histories, realities and symbolism to create richly layered artworks.
Shezad Dawood’s work is in major public and private collections including Tate, London; LACMA, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; The British Museum, London; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi; Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; UBS Collection; US Government Art Collection; Government Art Collection, UK; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Art Jameel, Dubai; Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; EKARD Collection.
His film works have been screened internationally, including Art Rotterdam (2018); New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, Manchester (2018); Screen City Biennial, Stavanger (2017); Pera Film | Pera Museum, Istanbul (2016); MoMA, New York (2015); Floating Cinema, London (2015); Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn (2015); Kurz/ Dust, CCA Warsaw (2015); Art Dubai Film (2014); Aspen Art Museum (2014); Flatpack Film festival, FACT Liverpool, Manchester Cornerhouse, Sheffield Showroom, Arnolfini, Nottingham Broadway, Cambridge Picturehouse, Oxford Picturehouse and London Sci-Fi Film Festival (all 2013). Dawood is a Jarman Award nominee (2012), and one of the winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2011). 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 is a Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster. He lives and works in London.

Shezad Dawood © Sue Parkhill
Shezad Dawood
London, 1974

Past Exhibitions

Delfina in SongEun: Power play

SongEun ArtSpace
30/08/2018 — 01/12/2018

A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood

Rubin Museum of Art
23/02/2018 — 21/05/2018

Shezad Dawood: Leviathan

Villino Canonica 07/05/2017 — 24/09/2017

Shezad Dawood: Kalimpong

Timothy Taylor
16/09/2016 — 22/10/2016

NEON: The Charged Line

Grundy Art Gallery 01/09/2016 — 07/01/2017

Solo Shows

Leviathan, MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales, UK
A Lost Future: Shezad Dawood, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

Shezad Dawood. Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben, New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, University of Salford, Manchester, UK

Leviathan, Palazzina Canonica and Fortuny Factory, Venice, Italy

Shezad Dawood: Why depend on Space and Time, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey Shezad Dawood: Kalimpong, Timothy Taylor, London, UK
Anarchitecture, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY, USA

It was a time that was a time, Pioneer Works, New York, NY, USA
The Room, Fig-2, ICA, London, UK
The Double Life of Arthur Schnitzler, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Towards The Possible Film, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK

Towards The Possible Film, Parasol Unit, London, UK
Towards The Possible Film, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
The Anthropology of Chance, OCAT Xi’an, China
Towards The Centre. Once More – Sadler’s Wells & Tate Visual Art Commission, 2014, Sadler’s Wells London, UK

Group Shows

Projections, A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Gwangju Biennale 2018, Gwanju, South Korea
Rendez-vous with Frans Hals, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Lahore Biennale 01, Lahore, Pakistan
IDEAL-TYPES, HE:RO by Maurits Hertzberger and Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

HUMAN/DIGITAL: a symbiotic love affair Digital, Post Internet and Virtual Reality from the Brown Family Collection, Kunsthal Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I Want! I Want!: Art & Technology, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Recent Acquisitions – Recent Developments, Si Shang Art Museum, Beijing, China Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London, UK
Mementos: Artists’ Souvenirs, Artefacts, and other Curiosities, Art Brussels
Tour & Taxis, Belgium Thinking Tantra, Peninsula Arts, Plymouth, UK

THEATRE DE L’ABSURDE, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

A Rotation of Six Video Works by Six International Artists from Collection (Anonymous), Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO, USA
The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Neon: The Charged Line, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK

Vienna Biennale, Future Light, (Curated by Maria Lind), Angewandte Kunst (MAK) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu
7th Moscow Biennale, Own Land/Foreign Territory, Manege, Moscow, Russia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: London Country of birth: UK Date of birth: 1974 Lives in: London, UK