Shezad Dawood

(B. 1974) London born multimedia artist Shezad Dawood received his MA from the Royal College of Art in 2000. He works with a plethora of mediums, from painting and sculpture to film, to create works that inquire systems of knowledge and cultural values. Informed in part by his multicultural heritage – a Pakistani mother, an Indian father, and an Irish stepmother – Dawood is known for his collaboration with groups and individuals across different territories to bring in diverse and far-reaching aesthetic perspectives in his works, whether it is physically or conceptually. Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Taipei Biennial (2014), Marrakech Biennial (2014) MACBA Barcelona (2014), MoMA PS1 (2014), Witte de With (2013), Modern Art Oxford (2012), Busan Biennale (2010), Tate Britain (2009), and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). His further extensive exhibitions include interventions in cities such as Tangiers, Mumbai, Karachi, Hamburg, and Singapore. Recent projects include feature film ‘Piercing Brightness’ (2013), a solo exhibition at Parasol Unit, London, Leeds Art Gallery (2014) and at OCAT Xi’an, China (2014). Shezad is a Jarman Award nominee (2012) and one of the winners of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize (2011). He currently lives and works in London, where he is a Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.