Leviathan: Memories of the Future Pt.2
3 November – 22 December 2018
Dawood’s exhibition presented a (televisual) series of storyboards, masquerading as large-scale landscape paintings. In addition we featured the latest episode of the artist’s multi-year, multi-part series Leviathan, co-commissioned by the gallery.
Leviathan Cycle, Episode 4: Jamila reverses the usual path of migration (from North Africa to Italy) to question ideas of migration historically always being one way, and to question how crossings between Italy and North Africa are also deeply impacted by climate change affecting the marine environment both above and below the sea.
A series of dreams or hallucinations take the place of the Netflix image and narrative feed, by substituting the moving image for the still (if unstable) image of a volatile future. If the works in the exhibition act as a mirror to places and narratives so far unexplored, it’s because they represent the landscapes of as yet uncharted narrative arcs in Shezad Dawood’s imagination. These still images, or fragments of narrative, are punctuated by text from existing and forthcoming chapters of Dawood’s stream-of-consciousness monologues that score the various episodes of Leviathan. Playing with the function of the serialisation of narrative, the installation at HE.RO allows the viewer to insert themselves in this logic of the ebb and flow between narrative and iconic image; the space between the world as it is and as it may be.
Step in, the water’s warm.