New Art Exchange presents a new reiteration of Encroachments, a virtual reality commission by the acclaimed British Artist, Shezad Dawood, first shown at the 14th Sharjah Biennale in 2019. The immersive installation comprising neon, wallpaper, sculpture and print, takes a direct look at the relations between Pakistan and the US since partition in 1947. The work is a mediation on the idea of sovereignty, private property and the politics of space in the two 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.
Encroachments is co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Generously supported by the Bagri Foundation. Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation and UBIK Productions. Special thanks to the Hashoo Group, Gul Ahmed, EMI Pakistan. Courtesy of the Artist, Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai and Timothy Taylor, London.
Find out more in the Encroachments press release here.
Pictured: Shezad Dawood, Encroachments, 2019, installation view: Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019, co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and New Art Exchange, Nottingham.