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28 February – 23 May

Autograph, London


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 with 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.

Also on display will be new photographs by Persaud, commissioned by curator Mark Sealy.


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 UKs 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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From February 28, 2020
to May 23, 2020

Location: AUTOGRAPH, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 7749 1240

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