Shezad Dawood

Born in London, 1974 and lives in London, UK

Shezad Dawood works across the disciplines of painting, film, neon, sculpture, performance, virtual reality and other digital media to ask key questions of narrative, history and embodiment.

Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across multiple audiences and communities. After being trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art Dawood undertook a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood is a Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.

Recent solo exhibitions and commissions include: Visions of Paradise, commission for The White House, Becontree (2021); Concert From Bangladesh, commission for British Council Digital Collaboration Fund (2021); Timothy Taylor, London (2020-21); Kai Art Center, Tallinn (2020); New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2020); The Bluecoat Liverpool (2019);  MOCA Toronto (2019); FriezeLIVE, London (2019); Kunstverein, Munich (2019); A Lost Future: Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2017). Group exhibitions include: Sea Art Festival, Busan (2021); Paradise Row, London (2021); Folkestone Triennial (2021); Guggenheim, New York (2021); Southbank Centre, London (2020-21); Boghossian Foundation – Villa Empain (2020); WIELS Bruxelles (2020); Manifesta 13 (2020); Lahore Biennial (2020); Dhaka Art Summit (2020); Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019) – Jury Prize for Encroachments.

Desert X AlUla 2022
An international contemporary art exhibition that activates desert locations through site-specific installations by acclaimed international artists.
11 Feb 2022 - 30 Mar 2022
Saudi Arabia
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Timothy Taylor
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