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Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood works across various disciplines, including: painting, film, neon, sculpture, performance, and digital media. His practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across multiple audiences and communities to ask key questions of narrative, history and embodiment. More recently he has been using VR to interrogate some of the most urgent issues of our time, such as migration, climate change and ideas around the post-human.

As part of Folkestone Triennial, Shezad Dawood presents The Terrarium, the second element of his Virtual Reality trilogy entitled Leviathan Legacy a major five-year multifaceted project that looks at the intersection between climate change, migration and mental health.

Shezad Dawood’s work is in key international collections including Tate (London); LACMA (Los Angeles); National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); Sharjah Art Foundation and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (New Delhi). His work has been exhibited at major international institutions including: Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Taipei Biennale, Manifesta, Wiels (Brussels), and the Dhaka Art Summit.

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. 

The work is part of UP Projects’ digital commissioning programme This is Public Space, supported by a grant from the European Union CUPIDO fund.

Find more of Shezad Dawood's work. 

Photo of Shezad Dawood by Alexander Coggin

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