Shezad Dawood

United Kingdom

Shezad Dawood works across film, painting and sculpture to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore meanings and forms between film and painting, his practice often involves collaboration, working with groups and individuals across different disciplines. These networks map across geographic borders and communities and are particularly concerned with acts of translation and performance. Recent solo exhibitions include: Leviathan, 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; Leeds Art Gallery and OCAT Xi’an, China (all 2014), Modern Art Oxford (2012).

It was a time that was a time

Single channel, Super 8 and SD transferred to HD, 16’ 27”, with sound
Commissioned by Pioneer Works
Courtesy of the artist and Timothy Taylor, London

It was a time that was a time explores speculative futures and questions traditional notions of history and ritual, image and icon, time and space. The film is the result of a free form, collaborative filmmaking experiment, whereby participants took turns documenting each other living in a speculative community formed in response to a theoretical environmental cataclysm, with devices that might have survived a devastating flood. Operating on the borders between speculative realism and performance, the piece features Brooklyn-based artists, costume designers and choreographers, as well as youth participating in Red Hook Initiative—a nonprofit that organises empowerment programs for the neighborhood. The film also features an experimental score by Weyes Blood.

Leviathan Episode 1 – Ben

HD Video, 13’ 30”, with sound
Commissioned by Outset, Salford University with the support of the Contemporary Art Society
Courtesy of UBIK Productions

Ben is the first episode of a ten-part film cycle looking at some of the urgent issues of our times, conceived and directed by Shazed Dawood. In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health and their possible interconnections. The ten-part film cycle was inaugurated in Venice in May 2017 to coincide with the 57th Art Biennale and will unfold between 2017-2020.