Shezad Dawood LIVE at Frieze London 2019

Shezad Dawood, NAB II, 2019 vintage textile collage. Courtesy of the artist

Bagri Foundation announces support for Shezad Dawood LIVE at Frieze London 2019

4-6 October 2019

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to support a new performance project by London-based artist Shezad Dawood. Ambitious in its scope, Dawood is working with musician patten and award-winning fashion designer Priya Ahluwalia to create a live installation for the Frieze Art Fair. More details about his work will be released in September.

“Choreography is a helpful way to describe the world right now… One must move in order to know”.  –William Forsythe.

LIVE, the fair’s programme for time-based works beyond the gallery booths is again curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt (Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka/Dhaka Art Summit).

The practice of radical innovator in choreography and dance, William Forsythe, is the entry point for LIVE 2019. In addition to his ground-breaking work in the field of classical ballet, Forsythe has worked for more than 20 years on installations, film works, and discrete, interactive sculptures, which he calls ‘choreographic objects’. New commissions and research-driven projects will explore interdisciplinary artistic practices and their political potential.

“Exploring the expanded field of dance and choreography in the context of the fair, interventions by artists from wide ranging contexts from Argentina to Cambodia will reveal narratives of control present in architecture, language, colonialism, and protest illuminated through movement”. -Campbell Betancourt

The first announced  artists and galleries for LIVE 2019 are:

Carlos Amorales (presented by Nils Staerk)

Cecilia Bengolea (presented by Almine Rech, with support from FLUXUS)

Shezad Dawood (presented by Jhaveri Contemporary with support from Bagri Foundation; featuring costume design by Priya Ahluwalia and sound score by patten)

William Forsythe (presented by Gagosian)

Yasmin Jahan Nupur (presented by Exhibit 320, co-commissioned with Dhaka Art Summit and Peabody Essex Museum)

Khvay Samnang (presented by Tomio Koyama with support from Delfina Foundation, choreographers and dancers by Mot Pharan with Sot Sovanndy)

Further artists and projects will be released in September 2019.


Frieze is the world’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art for scholars, connoisseurs, collectors and the general public alike. Frieze comprises three magazines— frieze , Frieze Masters Magazine and Frieze Week — and four international art fairs—Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York and Frieze Los Angeles. Additionally, Frieze organizes a program of special courses and lectures in London through Frieze Academy.
Frieze was founded in 1991 by Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, with the launch of frieze magazine, the leading international magazine of contemporary art and culture. In 2003, Sharp and Slotover launched Frieze London art fair, which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, they launched Frieze New York, which occurs each May in Randall’s Island Park, and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. In 2018, Frieze announced the launch of Frieze Los Angeles, which opened February 14–17, 2019 at Paramount Pictures Studios, Los Angeles. In 2016 Frieze entered into a strategic partnership with Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.

Shezad Dawood works across disciplines to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meaning and form, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across geographic borders and communities. Recent solo exhibitions include: Leviathan, Mostyn, Wales, and A Tale of a Tub, The Netherlands (2018); 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). And group exhibitions include: the Gwangju Biennial (2018); Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi (2018); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2018); The Drawing Room, London (2017); Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2016); Taipei Biennial (2014), Marrakech Biennial (2014), MACBA Barcelona (2014).

Priya Ahluwalia graduated with a masters in Menswear from the University of Westminster in 2018 and was in the first ever cohort of the MA Menswear course. Ahluwalia’s graduate collection was showcased in a London Fashion Week: Men’s show and went on to receive industry-wide recognition, being featured in i-D, Vogue UK, Dazed & Confused, New York Times, More or Less and Niijournal among others.  In November 2018, Ahluwalia went on to win the H&M Design Award 2019 which was judged by Charlie Porter, Christiane Arp, Jan-Michael Quammie, Stefan Cooke and H&M’s creative advisors, Ann-Sophie Johansson and Margareta van de Bosch. Through her newly established brand, “Ahluwalia Studio”, Priya takes elements from her dual Indian-Nigerian heritage and London roots and explores the life of second hand and dead stock clothing, using textile techniques to give them new life.

Visionary London-based producer patten is renowned for hi-tech immersive AV shows and cross-platform projects, tracing a path through design, installation, film, programming, music, live performance, and publishing. Their recent work includes AV shows at the ICA and Tate Modern in London, ongoing art direction for Dan Snaith’s Daphni alias, simultaneous ‘3049’ installations in London and Amsterdam, live tour visuals for LA’s The Glitch Mob and establishing the 555-5555 web forum following their creative agency of the same name.


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