Press Release

MOSTYN, Wales' foremost contemporary gallery and visual arts centre, is delighted to announce a new season of exhibitions.

Shezad Dawood, Leviathan - Galleries 4 & 5
Leviathan is an episodic narrative around notions of borders, mental health and marine welfare issues of foremost concern, resonating profoundly with both coastal locations and contemporary life.

A ten-part film cycle that will unfold over the next three years, the work draws connections between human activity and marine ecology. Three films have already been premiered in Venice, in conjunction with the 57th Venice Biennale, with a fourth to be released in early September 2018.

In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores interconnections between these fields of work and will be presented through sculpture, textiles, museum specimens, films, conversations and online resource material.

As part of the first iteration of Leviathan after its Venice debut, Dawood will also show a newly commissioned painting drawing upon this specific context, and work with community groups based on the coastal location asking questions about how these issues might come to evolve in a future 20 to 50 years from now, and what that future might look like.

The exhibition is curated by Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN Director, in dialogue with the artist.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2018

Shezad Dawood, Leviathan and Mike Perry, Land/See

MOSTYN, Llandudno (United Kingdom)

03.03 - 01.07.2018




Exhibition March 3 - July First, 2018. MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan Street - Llandudno LL30 1AB (United Kingdom). T +44 1492 879201. Opening Times  : Tuesday – Sunday10.30am – 4.00pm. Admission free.







Shezad Dawood, Leviathan and Mike Perry, Land/See, MOSTYN, Llandudno

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2018. All Rights Reserved

Naoya Hatakeyama, 05/02/2011 - Takatachô-Morinomae, from "Rikuzentakata," 2011. Chromogenic print, 17.48 x 21.65 in. (print); 20 x 24 in. (paper). Courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Ted and Dr. Roberta Mann Foundation Endowment Fund. 2017.13.2

Mike Perry
Land / Sea (Tir / Môr)
Gallery 3

Mike Perry's work engages with significant and pressing environmental issues, in particular the tension between human activity and interventions in the natural environment, and the fragility of the planet's ecosystems.

Combining conceptual aesthetics with an environmental narrative, the images of Perry shed a different light on the health of the land or seascape. Môr Plastig (welsh for "Plastic Sea"), for example, is an ongoing body of work that classifies objects washed up by the sea into groupings: bottles, shoes, grids, abstracts, and others. By using a high-resolution camera to capture the surface detail, the artist allows the viewer to "read" markings and scars etched into the objects by the ocean over months and, in some cases, years.

Land/Sea is originally produced by Ffotogallery, Cardiff, and curated by David Drake, Ffotogallery, and Ben Borthwick, Plymouth Arts Centre. The exhibition has been reconfigured for the context of MOSTYN, and has been curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator and Alfredo Cramerotti, MOSTYN Director.