At Art Dubai 2013 Paradise Row is pleased to present key works by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin and Shezad Dawood.
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin present works from The Day Nobody Died their seminal body of work which marks a critical moment in the history of documentary photography. Made in Helmand, Afghanistan, whilst embedded with the British Army, the series comprises of twelve unique photograms, each seven meters long. Each piece was made by unrolling a section of photographic paper and exposing it directly to the sun. These beautifully abstract works don't simply record images but the light and heat of the moment of their creation transforming into physical documents. These radically non-figurative, unique action-photographs contain a profound critique of conflict photography and the traditional role of the photographer as a professional witness who serves as a moral proxy for the spectator back home.
Shezad Dawood presents major new works from his series of renowned textile works - paintings made in acrylic on vintage Saami textiles from Pakistan. His textile works are inspired by the meeting ground between modernism and mysticism. Dawood uses a matrix of cultural references situating his work in globalisation's mash-up of cultural and economic flows. On show for the first time will be a new series of textiles that subtly incorporate imagery from the domestic spaces of Dawood's family homes in Pakistan shifting into abstraction whilst pointing to the materiality of the textile on which they are painted. The works perform an elliptical meditation on memory, image and matter.
Adam Broomberg (b.1970, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (b.1971, London) have published nine monographs and have had numerous international exhibitions including The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery. They were nominated recently for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013 for their publication War Primer 2. Broomberg and Chanarin teach at the Zurich University of the Arts and are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l'Elysee and the International Center of Photography.
Shezad Dawood (b.1974, London) trained at Central St Martin's and the Royal College of Art before undertaking a PhD at Leeds Metropolitan University. He was one of the winners of the 2011 Abraaj Capital Art Prize. His work has been exhibited internationally, including as part of 'Altermodern', curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, at Tate Britain, and the 53rd Venice Biennale (both 2009), and the Busan Biennale in Korea (2010). His further extensive exhibitions include interventions in cities such as Tangiers, Mumbai, Karachi, Hamburg, and Singapore. In April 2012, Modern Art Oxford presented a first solo exhibition of Dawood's works. He currently lives and works in London.
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