NoW/Here: The Present as an Entanglement of Absences
Allan deSouza’s current book project How Art Can Be Thought is an examination of art pedagogy and a lexicon of terms used within the art critique. His recent work Ark of Martyrs (2014) restages Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as a contemporary wedding party. Through texts, images, video installations and performance, deSouza utilizes mistranslation and fiction as tools and counter-strategies to reframe dominant cultural narratives. DeSouza is Chair of the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley.
His works have been shown extensively in the US and internationally, including at SF Camerawork; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; and others. He is represented by Talwar Gallery, New York.
Allan deSouza, 36 Actions for the Motion of Light in Water, 2016. Photograph; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY