For the 14th edition of Sharjah Biennial (SB14) Shezad Dawood’s newly-commissioned project Encroachments takes a pragmatic and oblique look at the relations between Pakistan and the US since partition in 1947 through a new Virtual Reality environment, contained within two mirrored installations comprising: neon, wallpaper, tapestries, sculpture and print.
Shezad Dawood Encroachments – Production stills (2019) VR environment, duration variable, co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation – SB14, 2019 and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Generously supported by the Bagri Foundation. Courtesy of the artist, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai and Timothy Taylor, London
The narrative behind Encroachments is a meditation on the idea of sovereignty, private property and the politics of space in the 2 largest cities in Pakistan (Lahore & Karachi). The term Encroachment is used to designate the backlash in Pakistani politics and the media against so-called illegal structures built onto the fabric of existing private and state infrastructure. These ad-hoc encampments become social and commercial apparatuses for the lower classes, and reflect a grass-roots entrepreneurialism, and reclamation of space.
Full details about the work can be read in our Press Release here.
The Sharjah Biennial (SB14) is curated by Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons and features the work of over 80 artists including more than 60 commissions, never-before-seen works and a range of large-scale installations, performances and films. It takes places across 12 venues, and encroachments can be seen at the Sharjah Art Museum.