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ALLAN deSOUZA

Through the Black Country

Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL, US

January 25 – July 14, 2018

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Blossom, 2004  C Print  40″ x 60″

DeSouza’s most recent work reenacts and upends iconic colonial narratives of discovery in Africa. Through the Black Country, or, The Sources of the Thames Around the Great Shires of Lower England and Down the Severn River to the Atlantic Ocean is based on the expedition diaries of the Zanzibari crypto-ethnologist Hafeed Sidi Mubarak Mumbai, the fictional great-grandson of the historic figure, Sidi Mubarak Bombay—a formerly enslaved African who, upon gaining his freedom in India, returned to Africa and lead numerous British expeditions across Africa. In this installation, comprised of photographs, diary extracts, and sculptural works, Hafeed sets off to fulfill his great grandfather’s unfulfilled wish—to discover the fabled and elusive source of the River Thames. 

In addition to his art practice, Allan deSouza is chair of the department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley. His current book project, How Art Can Be Thought, an examination of art pedagogy and a lexicon of terms used within the art critique, will be published in 2018. 

Exhibition Views

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BEACH, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

TOMORROW, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

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"

Divine1849, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine1572, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Blossom, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Wintersun (snkchrmr), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

BEACH, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

TOMORROW, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

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"

Divine1849, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Divine1572, 2007

C Print

15 3/4" x 23 1/2"

Blossom, 2004

C Print

40" x 60"

Calypso (wmnndchldrn), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Oriental Iris (wmnbthg), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Wintersun (snkchrmr), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Mango (mrcnndnstrgglngwthgrll), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Polar Sky (fghtbtwntgrnbffl), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Imperial (wmnwthflwr), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Chinaberry (jdth), 2010

Digital C-Print

55" x 40"

Panel Discussion with Allan deSouza, Schwanda Rountree, Melanee Harvey, & Mel & Juanita Hardy
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, US

Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic
A Philosophical and Practical Handbook on the Development of Artistic Ideas: Allan deSouza May 14, 2019

Allan DeSouza's book is both a reflective investigation exploring how artistic meaning takes shape and a functional handbook that clarifies terms often used in the art world without much lucidity.

4Columns
4Columns
Allan deSouza and Alia Syed March 17, 2017

Immigrant, exile, refugee, traveler, stranger: these are the figures that define our time. They are alternately the fantasy and the nightmare of globalization—neoliberalism dreams of a “flat earth,” a world system where laboring bodies travel across borders as easily as capital, while populism fears those same bodies as dangerous, even deadly, parasitical drains on local economies and civil society. 

The New York Times
The New York Times
Allan deSouza: Notes from Afar April 30, 2015

In 2011, the Phillips Collection in Washington commissioned Allan deSouza to create a photographic response to Jacob Lawrence’s 60-painting “Migration Series” (1940-41), half of which is owned by the Phillips, the other half by the Museum of Modern Art in New York

Artforum
Artforum
Critic's Pick: Allan deSouza August 2011

Allan deSouza’s current exhibition at the Phillips Collection, produced through an initiative to encourage interaction between contemporary artists and the institution’s holdings, displays photographs conceived as a reaction to Lawrence’s canonical series.