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ALLAN deSOUZA

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Pressure, 2010-11  Color photograph  12″ x 16″  From the series “The World Series” (2010-2011)

Frequently hovering between figuration and abstraction, subjectivity and neutrality, the real and the fictional, deSouza’s works excavate historical, cultural, and ideological constructs, examining the relationship between narratives of collective identity, individual experience and art history.

Throughout his career, deSouza has engaged with historical events, works of literature, and cultural figures, which provoke a reexamination of seemingly central cultural values, often embraced by his sharp sense of wit. deSouza has also explored, poetically, his personal but universal notions of time, aging and death and how memory and photography are both formed and transformed over time, and at times allowing even the coexisting of our past and present.

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Allan deSouza’s works have been exhibited extensively including at The Pompidou Centre, Paris; Museum Kunst Palast, Germany; Moderna Museet, Sweden; Mori Art Museum, Japan; Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa; Hayward Gallery, UK; International Center of Photography, NY; Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands; Museo Tamayo, Mexico; Memphis Brooks Museum, TN;  Museum for African Art, NY; Smithsonian Museum, DC; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF; Fowler Museum, LA; Blaffer Art Museum, TX; and Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL. In 2011, on an invitation by The Phillip’s Collection, deSouza created The World Series in response to Lawrence’s Migration Series, and his work was subsequently featured in a solo exhibition at the museum along with Lawrence’s works.

deSouza was born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya to immigrant parents of Indian descent and grew up in the United Kingdom. In 1983, he graduated from the Bath Academy of Fine Art, England with a BA in Fine Art (Honors). From 1993-1994 he pursued Critical Studies at the Whitney Independent Studies Program in New York, USA. He obtained his MFA in Photography from UCLA, California, USA in 1997.

He lives and works in the Bay Area, California, where he is Chair of the Department of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley. His recent publications include “How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change” (2018) and “Ark of Martyrs” (2020).

Selected Works

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A blurring of the world, a refocusing seconds, minutes, hours, days, maybe years later, with everything put together differently, in ways he doesn't understand, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

21" x 47"

Future, 2010-2011

C-Print on Aluminum

12" x 16"

UFO1, 2007

C Print

60" x 18"

Fountain, 2004

C Print

60" x 40"

CAR, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Navigation Chart, 2016

Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper

24" x 36"

BEACH, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

LECHKO, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Crossing, 2010-2011

C Print

12" x 16"

Aquarius (trpclfrstwthmnkys), 2010

C Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Divine1881, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine2894, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine5884, 2007

C Print

19 3/4" x 29 3/4"

everything west of here is indian country, 2003

C Print on Aluminum

20" x 50"

he gazed into the liquid darkness in which desires drowned, from where the body's delicious pains emerged, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

19 1/2" x 39"

shadows cross Madinat al-Salam, 2003

C Print on Aluminum

20" x 50"

ORD 024, 1997-1998

Photograph

3" x 4"

Picasso, 2010

C Print

16" x 12"

A blurring of the world, a refocusing seconds, minutes, hours, days, maybe years later, with everything put together differently, in ways he doesn't understand, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

21" x 47"

Future, 2010-2011

C-Print on Aluminum

12" x 16"

UFO1, 2007

C Print

60" x 18"

Fountain, 2004

C Print

60" x 40"

CAR, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Navigation Chart, 2016

Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper

24" x 36"

BEACH, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

LECHKO, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Crossing, 2010-2011

C Print

12" x 16"

Aquarius (trpclfrstwthmnkys), 2010

C Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Divine1881, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine2894, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine5884, 2007

C Print

19 3/4" x 29 3/4"

everything west of here is indian country, 2003

C Print on Aluminum

20" x 50"

he gazed into the liquid darkness in which desires drowned, from where the body's delicious pains emerged, 2001

C Print on Aluminum

19 1/2" x 39"

shadows cross Madinat al-Salam, 2003

C Print on Aluminum

20" x 50"

ORD 024, 1997-1998

Photograph

3" x 4"

Picasso, 2010

C Print

16" x 12"

as the wind blows
as the wind blows
20th Anniversary Exhibition Talwar Gallery, New York September 25 - December 17, 2021
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
New Cartographies Asia Society Texas Center, Houston September 15, 2018 - May 17, 2019
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Through the Black Country Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL January 25 – July 14, 2018
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Through the Black Country Talwar Gallery, New York January 13 – April 8, 2017
ALIA SYED & ALLAN deSOUZA
ALIA SYED & ALLAN deSOUZA
Contents Under Pressure Van Every/Smith Museum Galleries, Davidson, NC February 25 - April 10, 2016
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Notes from Afar Talwar Gallery, New York March 6 – June 13, 2015
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Painting Redux Talwar Gallery, New Delhi December 7, 2012 - January 15, 2013
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
The World Series The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC June 23 – September 17, 2011
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Trysts Tropicales Talwar Gallery, New Delhi February 10 - April 2, 2011
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
(i don’t care what you say) Those Are Not Tourist Photos Talwar Gallery, New York January 11 - February 28, 2008
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
The Lost Pictures Talwar Gallery, New York Mary 21 - July 15, 2005
(desi)re
(desi)re
Talwar Gallery, New York February 18 - April 30, 2005
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
People in white houses Talwar Gallery, New York May 10 – June 16, 2003
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Recent Works Talwar Gallery, New York November 7 – December 11, 2001
The News-Gazette
The News-Gazette
Inside Out | Memories at a distance: Allan deSouza September 12, 2021
Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies
Berkeley Institute for South Asia Studies
Allan deSouza + Gayatri Gopinath | Crisis and Creativity: Artists Speak Series October 8, 2020
Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic
A Philosophical and Practical Handbook on the Development of Artistic Ideas: Allan deSouza May 14, 2019
The News Gazette
The News Gazette
New KAM show flips colonial script with Africans exploring England January 25, 2018
4Columns
4Columns
Allan deSouza and Alia Syed March 17, 2017
The New York Times
The New York Times
Allan deSouza: Notes from Afar April 30, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Allan deSouza: Close Quarters and Far Pavilions October 1, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Artforum
Artforum
Critic's Pick: Allan deSouza August 2011
Third Guangzhou Triennial
Third Guangzhou Triennial
Allan deSouza September 6 - November 16, 2008
Seventh Gwangju Biennial
Seventh Gwangju Biennial
Allan deSouza September 5 - November 9, 2008
Time Out New Delhi
Time Out New Delhi
A Decade of Photoworks: 1998-2008 August 22, 2008
Art India
Art India
Stripping Illusions August 2008
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Allan deSouza February 28, 2008
Art Papers
Art Papers
Art Scene on the Move January 2007
The First Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries
The First Architecture, Art and Landscape Biennial of the Canaries
Allan deSouza November 25, 2006 - February 25, 2007
Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography
Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography
Allan deSouza and Zarina Bhimji
Modern Painters
Modern Painters
Allan deSouza: The Lost Pictures September 2005
The New York Times
The New York Times
The Listings: Allan deSouza's The Lost Pictures July 1, 2005
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: (desi)re March 25, 2005
Allan deSouza
Allan deSouza
in Africa Remix: Contemporary art of a continent
Allan deSouza
Allan deSouza
in Looking Both Ways: Art of the Contemporary African Diaspora
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Allan deSouza June 13, 2003
The New York Times
The New York Times
Art in Review: Allan deSouza December 7, 2001
Art in General
Art in General
Allan deSouza in Terrain May 3 - June 30, 2001
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
Ark of Martyrs 2020
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change 2018
ALLAN deSOUZA
ALLAN deSOUZA
A Decade of Photoworks: 1998-2008 2008