Art Dubai 2019

20 Mar – 23 Mar 2019

For the 13th Edition of Art Dubai, Jhaveri Contemporary presents a solo stand of paintings and sculpture by London based artist Shezad Dawood. Titled ‘Encroachments’, this new series is part of a larger project which includes a new Virtual Reality (VR) commissioned for Sharjah Biennial (SB 14), that takes a pragmat-ic and oblique look at the relations between Pakistan and the US since the partition of India in 1947.

The narrative behind ‘Encroachments’ is a meditation on the idea of sovereign-ty, private property and the politics of space in the two largest cities in Pakistan (Lahore & Karachi). The term Encroachment is used to designate the backlash in politics and the media against so-called illegal structures built onto the fabric of existing private and state infrastructure. These ad-hoc encampments become social and commercial appa-ratuses for the lower classes, and reflect a grass-roots entrepreneurialism, and reclamation of space.

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