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Shezad Dawood: Leviathan

3 March 2018 - 1 July 2018


  • Shezad Dawood Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben (production still) 2017 HD Video, 12'52''. Courtesy of the artist and UBIK Productions

  • Shezad Dawood, Leviathan, installation view at MOSTYN, Wales UK, 2018.

  • Shezad Dawood, Leviathan, installation view at MOSTYN, Wales UK, 2018.

Leviathan is an episodic narrative around notions of borders, mental health and marine welfare issues of foremost concern, resonating profoundly with both coastal locations and contemporary life.

A ten-part film cycle that will unfold over the next three years, the work draws connections between human activity and marine ecology.
Three films have already been premiered in Venice, in conjunction with the 57th Art Biennale, with a fourth to be released in early September 2018.

In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores interconnections between these fields of work and will be presented through sculpture, textiles, museum specimens, films, conversations and online resource material.

As part of the first iteration of Leviathan after its Venice debut, Dawood will also show a newly commissioned painting drawing upon this specific context, and work with community groups based on the coastal location asking questions about how these issues might come to evolve in a future 20 to 50 years from now, and what that future might look like.

The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN Director, in dialogue with the artist.

Further Information

The artist’s website

I’ve created a monster! Shezad Dawood on his oceanic epic Leviathan
(The Guardian)

‘Towards the Possible Film’ – Shezad Dawood – 2014 (Vimeo)

Books by Shezad Dawood

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