Leviathan by Shezad Dawood at Venice Biennale 2017

During the Venice Biennale this year, we have the opportunity to collaborate with Shezad Dawood and a few of his pieces can be viewed at our showroom and courtyard at our factory.

Shezad Dawood
Leviathan
An episodic narrative
May 7–September 24, 2017

Palazzina Canonica
Riva dei Sette Martiri 1364A, Castello

Fortuny Factory
Giudecca 805

Using Fortuny fabrics as canvas, the imagery Shezad used was drawn from the research archive of the Labanof at Milan University, which conducts specific research on personal effects and artifacts lost at sea during migrant crossings to Lampedusa, in order to help families identify missing relatives.

The concept for the neon work references wave patterns found in photos we took of reflections on the canal in front of our factory (the ones we used to create our Camo pattern) and discussions with CNR-ISMAR, who dedicate part of their research to the currents, waves and tides of the Venetian lagoon.

Shezad’s films (the first two of a series of ten are shown in the exhibition) explore what a post-apocalyptic world would look like if we paid no attention to climate change. The imagery, dialogue and subject matter continue to stay with me, long after I walked out of the films.

If you happen to be in Venice this summer, don’t hesitate to contact our Venice team to visit the exhibition.

Textile paintings by Shezad Dawood at the Palazzina Canonica. Photos by Gianmaria De Luca

Textile painting by Shezad Dawood at the Fortuny Venice showroom. Photos by Gianmaria De Luca

Neon installation by Shezad Dawood at the Fortuny factory. Photo by Gianmaria De Lucaa

Fortuny’s Camo pattern is the inspiration behind Shezad’s neon sculpture. View Camo fabrics