“Dawood’s extensive travels and research, together with his deep interest in the fantastical, unusual and speculative, all vitally inform his ever-evolving imagination”
Dawood’s forms of expression seem to operate somewhere between the real and the surreal. And, on further examination, this clearly provides a creative tool that allows the artist to examine fundamental questions of being and their significance to humanity. Many of Dawood’s questions and investigations are rooted in his own cultural heritage, life experience, and a deep desire to encourage communication between different cultures, people, and even the past and future.
Released on the occasion of the exhibition Shezad Dawood: Towards the Possible Film at Parasol unit in 2014, the publication includes full-page and double-page-spread colour reproductions, both of works in the exhibition and others from Dawood’s oeuvre.
Edited and with a Foreword by Dr. Ziba Ardalan, director and curator of Parasol unit, the book includes specially commissioned texts from Art Review’s International Editor Oliver Basciano and Curator of Exhibitions at Leeds Art Gallery Sarah Brown as well as a transcription of the round-table discussion that took place at the centre for artistic residencies Dar Al Ma’mum (Marrakesh) - where Dawood filmed the eponymous film.