Allan deSouza
Blossom, Lost Pictures series, 2004
Digital c-print
Courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York / New Delhi
© Allan deSouza


Allan deSouza:

The Farthest Point

Exhibition Fact Sheet

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The Farthest Point brings together new and recent works by the internationally recognized photo-conceptual artist Allan deSouza. Born in Nairobi in 1958 and of south Asian descent, deSouza moved to England with his family while still a child. He studied at the Bath Academy of Art and at Goldsmith's College in London and was a key figure in the black British arts movement in the 1980s. Best known for creating images of elusive sensuality, much of deSouza's work explores the conditions and consequences of being "placed" in racial, sexual, and temporal frames. Using his body and landscape as points of departure, his mixed-media photographic works combine illusion and pseudo-biographical narrative to explore the instability of memory and the pull between things familiar and foreign. In doing so, the artist probes our own attachments to the idea of "authentic" places, histories, and identities. Allan deSouza lives and works in San Francisco, where he is assistant professor of New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute.


Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Allyson Purpura, Curator of African Art

Before joining Krannert Art Museum, Allyson Purpura was research specialist at the National Museum of African Art (2002–2006) and guest curator at the Mexican Heritage Plaza (2007) and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (2006–2008). She has also collaborated with contemporary African artists on a number of writing and exhibition projects. Purpura received her PhD in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center, a certificate in museum studies from George Washington University, and has taught courses on the anthropology of knowledge, Zanzibar and the Swahili coast, and critical museology at Haverford College and George Washington University. Her current areas of research include the historiography of African art and the politics of representation, ephemeral art, and the relationship between genres of ethnographic and art writing.


Approximately 20 color photographs and 8 color photographs on watercolor paper

Space requirements:

Approximately 1,300 square feet

Accompanying materials:

Wall text and extended labels will be provided electronically.


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Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion
August 26 to December 30, 2010

Available for travel thereafter


Kathleen Harleman, Director