Press Release

The Fogo Island Gallery presents Between Land & Sea, a solo exhibition of work by London-based artist Shezad Dawood featuring textile-based paintings, video, and a 1970s hand-made fishing net reworked by the artist. Materially and culturally specific to Fogo Island, the works emerge from Dawood’s time spent in residence with Fogo Island Arts and through conversations with local craft practitioners, fishers, and other community members. The resulting pieces integrate histories of economic and social processes, land use, and our evolving relationship to the sea.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2021

Shezad Dawood, Between Land and Sea

Fogo Island Arts (Canada)

17.12.2021 - 17.04.2022




Exhibition 17 December 2021 - 17 April 2022. Fogo Island Arts, 210 Main Street, Joe Batt’s Arm - Newfoundland and Labrador A0G 2X0 (Canada).







Between Land & Sea is accompanied by a series of public programs happening in March and April 2022, featuring invited interdisciplinary speakers in conversation. Combining local, experiential knowledge and current academic research, the programs will address issues of resource extraction, sustainability and marine welfare, situating the exhibition within larger discourses of global concern.

Also on view is Episode 5: Ismael from Dawood’s Leviathan Cycle, commissioned by A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, Fogo Island Arts, Museum of Contemporary art Toronto (MOCA) and Toronto Biennial of Art. The film takes place primarily on a cargo ship in international waters and combines narrative explorations of globalized trade, maritime law and the rights of the individual with archival footage of Newfoundland fishing and whaling practices, drawing parallels between human and marine species migration, exploration and individual agency.

Artist’s biography

Shezad Dawood works across the disciplines of painting, film, neon, sculpture, performance, virtual reality and other digital media to ask key questions of narrative, history and embodiment. Using the editing process as a method to explore both meanings and forms, his practice often involves collaboration and knowledge exchange, mapping across multiple audiences and communities. After being trained at Central St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art Dawood undertook a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. Dawood is a Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.

About Fogo Island Arts

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) is a residency-based contemporary art and ideas organization that supports research, production and exchange for artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, curators, designers and thinkers from around the world. Since 2008, FIA has brought exciting emerging and renowned artists of today to Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada to take part in residencies and to present solo exhibitions at the Fogo Island Gallery. FIA also produces publications and presents programs on the island and in cities across Canada and abroad, including the Fogo Island Dialogues interdisciplinary conversation series, as part of its international outreach. Combining contemporary art, iconic architecture and social innovation in a singular setting, FIA is a world-class organization that is uniquely rooted in community.

Shezad Dawood, Episode 5: Ismael (still), 2018. From the Leviathan Cycle. HD video, 19:28 minutes. Co-commissioned by A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam and a Canadian partnership between Fogo Island Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto and Toronto Biennial of Art. Courtesy of UBIK Productions.

Rethinking Nature, Madre Museum, Naples, Italy

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