This catalogue was published on the occasion of ‘Piercing Brightness’, the first major solo exhibition of British artist Shezad Dawood, held at Modern Art Oxford in 2012. Incorporating film, painting and light sculpture, Dawood’s practice creates discursive networks across parallel time frames, locations and communities. His works often include restaged and reimagined moments appropriated from multiple cultures and histories. Referencing his frequent use of, and meditations on, light, time and montage both as a cinematic and a painterly device.
The exhibition at Modern Art Oxford featured Dawood’s most recent film and installation work, including New Dream Machine Project and Trailer, both from 2011. With this exhibition, Dawood calls into question our attempts to reconcile the passing of time and the creation of identity in our own lives. The catalogue features nine essays and numerous illustrations. Printed in an edition of 1,000.