Leviathan: On Sunspots and Whales
1 September — 4 November 2018
Leviathan is an ambitious art project that examines urgent issues of the contemporary era. Through linkages with experts from different fields, it explores the connections among various contemporary issues that remain insoluble or not fully understood including climate change, marine welfare, democracy, migration, and mental health. Consisting of ten episodic narratives and corresponding films, the project incorporates sculptures, paintings, a dedicated website, research publications, and a public programme. The Barakat Contemporary exhibition is the third iteration of a world tour scheduled through 2021. With the contents subject to expansion as social incidents and issues arise, it is impossible to predict what transformations and developments the project will undergo.
Shezad Dawood’sLeviathan: Sunspots and Whales exhibition at Barakat Contemporary has undergone its own process of transformation through crossbreeding with Korean mythology and ancient art from the Barakat collection. We anticipate witnessing how the project will transform and expand as it encounters diverse experts and audiences in South Korea—an environment with a social backdrop and a culture differing from those of Europe, where the project first began.
Shezad Dawood works across disciplines film, painting, neon, sculpture and more recently virtual reality to deconstruct systems of image, language, site and narrative. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across geographic borders and communities. Through a fascination with the esoteric, otherness and science-fiction, Dawood interweaves histories, realities and sym-bolism to create richly layered artworks.
Shezad Dawood was born in London in 1974 and trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal Col-lege of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood is a Research Fel-low in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.