We are pleased to support an exciting new commission by the artist Shezad Dawood, premiering at Sharjah Biennial 14.
Sharjah Biennial 14 has the curatorial theme ‘Leaving the Echo Chamber’ which seeks to put into conversation a series of provocations on how one might renegotiate the shape, form and function of the current echo chamber within which we live, consisting of new media controlled by private sources, governments and corporations.
Dawood’s new work, titled 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 and print. The narrative behind the work is a meditation on the idea of sovereignty, private property and the politics of space in the two largest cities in Pakistan (Lahore & Karachi).
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.
Encroachments will travel in an expanded form to New Art Exchange, Nottingham in January 2020.
Read the full press release here. Find out more about the Sharjah Biennial 14 here.