Internationally acclaimed artist Allan deSouza is showing his path-breaking works at an exhibition titled “Through the Black Country” at the Krannert Art Museum.
Allan deSouza (born 1958, Nairobi, Kenya) is known for his photographic works, installation, text, and performance works that “restage historical evidence through counter-strategies of fiction, erasure, and (mis)translation.”
Currently residing in San Fransisco, the multimedia artist is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.
In “Through the Black Country,” deSouza stages his 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, comprising 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,” the museum writes.
Through his visual art, writing, and performance, deSouza seeks to interrogate colonialism and its legacy by restaging historical material, using strategies of fiction and (mis)translation. His work has been shown extensively in the US and abroad, including at the Phillips Collection, the International Center of Photography, and the Centre Georges Pompidou. He is represented by Talwar Gallery, New York, and New Delhi.
The exhibition will be on view through July 14, 2018, at Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820, US.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder: Louise Blouin