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See works by Faisal Abdu'Allah and Franklyn Rodgers in the exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations Of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House. Autograph has loaned the works from our collection.
Two Autograph commissions by Abdu'Allah, Barber’s Chair and The Barber’s Clippers, are on display along with Franklyn Rodger's portrait Loretta Rodgers.
Get Up, Stand Up Now celebrates the past 50 years of Black creativity in Britain and beyond, in a major new exhibition spanning art, film, photography, music, literature, design and fashion.
Through his interdisciplinary practice encompassing photography, print-making, video, sculpture, drawings and installation, Dr Faisal Abdu’Allah asks probing questions in relation to history, myth, faith, masculinity, memory and violence, as well as race, representation and iconography.
Abdu’Allah is an Associate Professor of Art and Faculty Director of UW-Madison's Creative Arts Community, The Studio. A former IDA visiting Professor at Stanford University and The Henry John Drewal Visiting Professor of African & Diaspora Arts at UW-Madison, he graduated from the Royal College of Art, and completed his PhD in 2012 at the University of East London.
Since the mid 1990s, Franklyn Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.
Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France.
Banner images: 1) Faisal Abdu-Allah, The Barber’s Chair, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves.
Page images, from top left: 1) Image courtesy Somerset House. 2) Works in the Autograph archive. 3) Frankyln Rodgers, Loretta Rodgers, 31 January 2006. 4) Faisal Abdu’Allah, The Barber’s Clippers, 2017. Commissioned by Autograph. Installation photograph by Ben Reeves.