Shezad Dawood – Bio

Shezad Dawood works across the disciplines of film, performance, painting, neon, sculpture and virtual reality 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. Through a fascination with the esoteric, otherness, the environment and architectures both material and virtual, Dawood interweaves stories, realities and symbolism to create richly layered artworks.

Recent solo exhibitions include: New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2020), 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); Timothy Taylor, London (2016); Galerist, Istanbul (2016); Pioneer Works, Brooklyn (2015); Fig.2 at the ICA studio, London (2015); Parasol Unit, London (2014); Leeds Art Gallery and OCAT Xi’an, China (both 2014), Modern Art Oxford (2012).

Group exhibitions include: Lahore Biennial (2020), Dhaka Art Summit (2020), Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019) – Jury Prize for Encroachments; Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2018); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Taipei Biennial (2014), Marrakech Biennial (2014), MACBA Barcelona (2014), Witte de With (2013), Busan Biennale (2010), Tate Triennial:  Altermodern (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2009). Selected collections include Tate; UBS; LACMA, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada;Government Art Collection, UK; US Government Art Collection and The British Museum, London.

His film works have been screened internationally, including at the ICA, London; MoMA, New York and at various film festivals including CPH:DOX, Oberhausen, Aesthetica (winner of Artist’s Film Prize 2015); his 2013 Feature Film : Piercing Brightness, was released theatrically and on Blu-Ray/DVD by Soda Pictures. Additional screenings include:  Art Rotterdam (2018); Screen City Biennial, Stavanger (2017); Pera Museum, Istanbul (2016); CCA Warsaw (2015); Aspen Art Museum (2014); FACT Liverpool; Arnolfini, Cambridge Picturehouse, Oxford Picturehouse and London Sci-Fi Film Festival (all 2013).

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 Senior Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster. He lives and works in London.