Autograph has loaned The Barber's Chair by Faisal Abdu'Allah to the exhibition Art Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place. This life-size, gold plated sculpture was commissioned by Autograph for our 2017 solo exhibition of Abdu'Allah's work. The artwork references the importance of the barbershop as a gathering place for black men: where an exchange of news and views occurs, a space to come of age, a rite of passage, and where vulnerability between men is possible.
For Abdu’Allah, who alongside his artistic and academic practice maintains a profession as a barber, the ritual of cutting hair informs his work – the role black hair performs in foregrounding cultural difference, and the proliferation of storytelling throughout the process – and provides a means to bring these two different worlds together.
Artists without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place features nine artists with deep roots abroad. Their work reflects the global perspectives and diverse influences of the multicultural artist. The exhibition is a testament to the diversity—of backgrounds, interests, and styles—that is representative of Wisconsin art today.
Have a look at the online events programme for Artists Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place
Read about Autograph's 2017 exhibition Faisal Abdu'Allah: The Duppy Conqueror and Other Stories
Watch a conversation with the artist and Autograph's director Mark Sealy
See more of Abdu'Allah's work on his website
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