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A new solo exhibition by visual artist Faisal Abdu’Allah (b. 1969, London). Through his interdisciplinary practice encompassing photography, print-making, video, sculpture, drawings and installation, Abdu’Allah asks probing questions in relation to history, myth, faith, masculinity, memory and violence, as well as race, representation and iconography.
The title of the exhibition refers to Abdu’Allah’s new photo tapestries, The Duppy Conqueror. In this triptych, Abdu’Allah explores a masked alter-ego character known as the Duppy Conqueror.
In Jamaican tradition, a duppy is an evil ghost or spirit.
"Powerful representations of historically underrepresented groups of people"
Autograph has commissioned two new sculptural works by FAisal Abdu'Allah for this exhibition. In The Barber’s Chair and The Barber’s Clippers , the artist’s studio and the barber’s salon are formally joined as indistinguishable spaces of cultural activity and as sites for new reflections.
Gold-plated, evocatively lit and installed in a discrete gallery room painted black, these life-size works refer to 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, as well as where intimacy and vulnerability between men are possible.
For Abdu’Allah, who alongside his artistic and academic practice maintains a profession as a barber, the ritual of cutting/cultivating hair informs his work – the role black hair performs in foregrounding cultural difference, and the proliferation of story-telling throughout the process – and provides a means to bring these two different worlds together.
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Autograph would like to thank the University of Wisconsin-Madison for its support.
Banner images: 1) Faisal Abdu-Allah, The Barber’s Chair, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves. 2) Faisal Abdu’Allah Duppy Conqueror, 2017. Jacquard tapestry. 3 - 4)The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works gallery installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell.
Page images, from top left: Faisal Abdu’Allah, The Barber’s Clippers, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. 2) Inua Ellams. Photograph courtesy of Caleb Femi. 3) Faisal Abdu'Allah live salon. 4) Faisal Abdu’Allah, Duppy Conqueror, 2017. Jacquard tapestry.