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  Real Estate & Urban Planning, 2005

'Real Estate' presents documentation of Dawood's ongoing theatrical project: restaging the assasination of the Native American chief Crazy Horse at the soon-to-be demolished Diorama Arts Centre. Started by Andrew Logan and Derek Jarman in the 1980s, it was the birthplace of a large section of British performance art, and a critical meeting place for the black arts movement, and lattterly home to a range of cultural endeavours; from the Gay Men's Chorus to Disability Arts. The building with its histories and studios is owned by property consortium British Land (owned by the queen), who are replacing it with office space. Other office spaces they own feature large-scale art commissions by the likes of Michael Craig-Martin & Sarah Morris.

By situating the performance at this location, Dawood makes a link between land disputes at the time of Crazy Horse's killing, in relation to the US government's attempts to force the Native American onto the 'reservation', and current disputes over accessibility and cultural provision in the city.