Shezad Dawood

Open Up with Shezad Dawood

Our Head of Arts, Chelsea Pettitt, talks to London-based artist Shezad Dawood through the Open Up series live on Instagram.

Join us at 3pm BST on 10 June to ask some probing questions to Shezad such as, ‘If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be?’ and ‘What do you think is the biggest challenge that individuals face today?’. Through a series of probing questions, we explore what drives them, inspires them, terrifies them; and ultimately what is most important to them. Living through this incredible period of history, we want to take stock and ask artists to open up to us through this interview series.


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: Encroachments at New Art Exchange (2020) and Sharjah Biennale 2019, the University of Non-Dualism at Dhaka Art Summit 2020 and Frieze Live 2019,  The RYDER Madrid (ES) in collaboration with HERO (NE) (2020), Leviathan, Mostyn, Wales, and A Tale of a Tub, The Netherlands (2018); Leviathan, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2017); Timothy Taylor, London (2016).

Special update during lockdown: Leviathan Broadcast Season

In collaboration with ArtReviewModern FormsDavid Roberts Art Foundation and The Ryder, Shezad announces a special Leviathan Broadcast Season.

For a limited time only, the first five episodes of Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan Cycle will be available online, released alongside virtual conversations between Shezad and scientists, curators and critics.

Please find the full program here.