Autograph is developing the first solo exhibition by artist Sharif Persaud. Placing himself at the centre of his work, Persaud explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism.
Persaud is profoundly interested in his body in society as a site of investigation: sneezing, healthcare, hospitals, gangrene, cities, flats, benefits and his independence.
The exhibition will feature Persaud's photography, drawing, painting and film, including his award-winning short film The Mask.
This exhibition is in development at Autograph.
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Sharif Persaud (b. 1993) is an artist based in Hastings. His practice has been developed in collaboration with Project Art Works, where he has been a key contributor.
He wrote and directed The Mask (2017) an Ignition Random Acts Network Centre Commissioned film. The Mask won Best Story at the Oska Bright Film Festival in 2017, and has been shown at screenings across the world including FilmBath UK, the Other Film Festival in Melbourne, Electric Palace in Hastings, and the Discover Film Awards festival in London. It has also featured in a British Film Institute Collection Disabled Britain on Film.
His work has featured in group exhibitions including In The Realm of Others (2015) at De La Warr Pavilion and Putting Ourselves in the Picture (2019) at Fabrica.
This exhibition has developed from a long partnership with Project Art Works and Autograph's participation in EXPLORERS. The EXPLORERS project is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.
A three-year programme of creative investigations through collaborations with neurodiverse communities and cultural organisations across the UK and in Australia, EXPLORERS is taking place against a backdrop of increased hardship and marginalisation of vulnerable people. The project celebrates and raises awareness of the dynamic, extraordinary contribution neurodiverse communities make to art and culture.
EXPLORERS is led by Project Art Works, the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs. EXPLORERS is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
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Sharif Persaud's exhibition is commissioned by Autograph as part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme of art and conversation led by Project Art Works in partnership with with Autograph ABP Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.
Banner image: Sharif Persaud, film still from The Mask, 2017. Courtesy of Project Art Works.
Page images and video, from top left: 1) Sharif Persaud, Egypt, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 2) Sharif Persaud, Self Portrait, 2015. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 3) Sharif Persaud, Untitled [detail], 2017. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 4) Lina Iris Viktor, Third [detail], from the series A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, 2017-8. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 5) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell