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Artist Lecture: Al-An deSouza

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Al-An deSouza renders photo-media, installation, text and performance works as staging grounds for examining historical memory and its legacies upon the present. Their works draw upon institutional and familial archives, remaking them through strategies of humor, fabulation, and (mis)translation. Recent projects, Through the Black Country… (2017), and La Vida del Capitan (2019), transpose, respectively, Henry Stanley’s 1870s African expedition journals to England during the 2016 Brexit vote, and Columbus’ 1492 ship diaries to a 2019 expedition from Khalifia (California) to Al-Andalus (Spain). Both texts are accompanied by expedition maps and photographs. deSouza’s work has been shown extensively in the US and internationally, including at the Johnson Museum, Ithaca, NY; Krannert Museum, IL; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Pompidou Centre, Paris, and the Mori Museum, Tokyo. deSouza’s two recent books: How Art Can Be Thought (Duke University Press, 2018), examines art pedagogy and critique, and how some of the most common terms used to discuss art may be adapted to new artistic and social challenges; Ark of Martyrs (Sming Sming Books, 2020), is a polyphonic, dysphoric replacement of Joseph Conrad’s infamous Heart of Darkness. deSouza is Professor of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley, and is represented by Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi.

This lecture is organized by the School of Art’s DEIJ Committee.


April 16
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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School of Art
(412) 268-2409
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Kresge Theatre
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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