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It was a time
that was a time

World Premiere
Sat, Sep 12–Sun, Nov 1
Opening Fri, Sep 11 at 6:30pm

Pioneer Works


What would you do if you were among the last people on earth? British multimedia artist Shezad Dawood and the Red Hook community together imagine life after a monumental disaster.

The result is It was a time that was a time, an experimental post-apocalyptic film at the center of Dawood’s first major US solo exhibition. Shot on the beaches of Far Rockaway, Coney Island, and Staten Island, this film investigates the lasting effects of Hurricane Sandy and envisions building a new society from the ruins of an environmental catastrophe.

In addition to the commissioned film, Pioneer Works will display work in textile, neon, and video from this MoMA and Tate alum.

ATTACHE-MOI/It was a time that was a time

Shezad Dawood and fellow Crossing the Line participant Olivia Bransbourg - a fragrance designer and publisher - have teamed up with French perfumer Nicolas Bonneville to create a new fragrance, It was a time that was a time. Released as both a sensory element in the exhibition and a unique perfume, the fragrance contains dark, smoky, and incensed woods mixed with ambergris, marine overtones, and a touch of immortelle absolute.

Purchase details coming soon!


About Shezad Dawood

Shezad Dawood (b. 1974, UK) works across film, painting, and sculpture to juxtapose discrete systems of image, language, site, and historical narrative. Interested in acts of translation and restaging, his practice often involves site-specific collaborations with communities and individuals. Dawood’s work has been exhibited internationally at locations including the Taipei Biennial (2014), MoMA (2015), Witte de With (2013), Tate Britain (2009), and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). Further exhibitions include interventions in cities such as Tangiers, Mumbai, Karachi, and Singapore. His feature film: Piercing Brightness (2013), was exhibited widely at international festivals, and is distributed by Soda Pictures on Blu-ray/DVD and iTunes. Dawood currently lives and works in London, where he is Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.



Presented by Pioneer Works as part of Crossing the Line 2015

Image: It was a time that was a time by Gabriel Florenz

Free & open to the public

Viewing Hours
Wed–Sun: 12–6pm

Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Related Events

Second Sunday
Sun, Sep 13, from 4–10pm

Second Sundays is a monthly series showcasing artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

Artist Talk
Mon, Sep 14 at 7pm

Shezad Dawood in conversation with Jenny Jaskey, director and curator of The Artist's Institute.

View more details at pioneerworks.org/events

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