Shezad Dawood | On Land and Sea


Shezad Dawood: On Land and Sea, originally scheduled for May 1 to August 31, 2020 has been postponed until a later date. 

The Fogo Island Gallery presents On Land and Sea, a solo exhibition of work by London-based artist Shezad Dawood featuring textile-based paintings, video, and a 1970s hand-made fishing net reworked by the artist.

Materially and culturally specific to Fogo Island, the works emerge from Dawood’s time spent in residence with Fogo Island Arts and through conversations with local craft practitioners, fishers and other community members. The resulting pieces integrate histories of economic and social processes, land-use, and our evolving relationship to the sea.

Also on view is Episode 5: Ismael from Dawood’s Leviathan Cycle, commissioned by A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, Fogo Island Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA) and Toronto Biennial of Art. The film takes place primarily on a cargo ship in international waters and combines narrative explorations of globalized trade, maritime law and the rights of the individual with archival footage of Newfoundland fishing and whaling practices, drawing parallels between human and marine species migration, exploitation and individual agency.

On Land and Sea is accompanied by a series of public programs on August 15-16, 2020 featuring invited interdisciplinary speakers in conversation. Combining local, experiential knowledge and current academic research, the programs will address issues of resource extraction, sustainability and marine welfare, situating the exhibition within larger discourses of global concern. 

Artist’s Biography
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: 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).

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.

Shezad Dawood, The Trouble With Lichen 5, 2019. Acrylic, embroidery and wool on linen, 80 x 100 cm, courtesy of the artist and Fogo Island Arts.