Allan deSouza: Through the Black Country

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Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2016. Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper. 24 x 36 in. © Allan deSouza
Allan deSouza, Borough Boogie Woogie, 2016. Digital print on Hahnemuhle paper. 24 x 36 in. Image courtesy of the Artist and Talwar Gallery, New York | New Delhi © Allan deSouza

Exhibition

On view
Jan 25, 2018
Jul 14, 2018

Allan deSouza is a multi-media artist whose most recent work tinkers irreverently with iconic colonial narratives of “discovery” and “salvation” in Africa.

Brought in conversation with the World on the Horizon exhibition, Through the Black Country is based on the 2016 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 to lead numerous British-led expeditions across the continent.

In this installation, which has a companion text in the World on the Horizon publication, Hafeed sets off to fulfill his great grandfather’s unfulfilled wish—to discover the fabled and elusive source of the River Thames. 

Curator: Allyson Purpura, senior curator and curator of Global African Art

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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Christ after the Flagellation, ca. 1670. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ellnora D. Krannert 1960-4-1
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