A Certain Mode of PerceptionJul 19, 2012
Location: Department of Art and Art History Auditorium, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Presenter: Sezad Dawood, Artist-in-Residence
Shezad Dawood's talk A Certain Mode of Perception focused on the relationship of his work with Islamic art, notably his incorporation of the Kaaba in his ongoing series of 'tumbleweed' sculptures. Dawood delved into a crucial concept in his practice: that nothing exists in isolation and the Eastern religion and spiritualism inspired Western Modernism. The talk included clips from his recent film 'New Dream Machine Project' (2011) and installation shots of his currently touring exhibition Piercing Brightness. Shezad Dawood is a London-born artist of Indian and Pakistani descent. He trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art and received a PhD from Leeds Metropolitan University. He works across installation and film with musicians, actors and other collaborators across a breadth of global locations. Recent projects include ‘Inshallah’, a restaging of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, and ‘Until the End of the World’, at The Third Line in Dubai. Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally and was included in ‘Altermodern’ at Tate Britain and the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009). He was awarded the 2011 prestigious Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011.