Allan deSouza’s book, How Art Can Be Thought (Duke University Press, 2018), examines how we evaluate if art is good and if it is for the social good. The book provides an extensive analytical glossary of common terms used to discuss art, focusing on their current usage and adapting them to new artistic and social challenges. Like deSouza’s artworks, the book considers art as politicized culture and proposes decolonizing practices within the contemporary world.
Allan deSouza’s cross-media works restage material culture through counter-strategies of humor, fiction, and (mis)translation. A recent project, Through the Black Country…, transposes Henry Stanley’s 1870s African journals to 2016 Brexit England, and is accompanied by expedition maps, photographs, and a base camp. deSouza has shown extensively, including at the Krannert Museum, IL; the Phillips Collection, DC; and the Pompidou Centre, Paris. deSouza is Chair of the Art Practice department at UC Berkeley.
Image: Borough Boogie Woogie (detail), Allan deSouza, 2017; digital print on Hahnemühle paper, 24 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, NY and New Delhi