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Faisal Abdu’Allah: The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works exhibition opening

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Autograph ABP presents The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works, a 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 exhibition is curated by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph ABP.

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The title of the exhibition refers to Abdu’Allah’s new photo tapestries, The Duppy Conqueror (2017), presented here for the first time. 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; this malevolent supernatural being resurrected by Abdu’Allah highlights the genocidal nature of violence against the black body, and the ongoing struggle with ghosts or spectres from the past, conjured by a hostile world dominated by ignorance and deception. As such, The Duppy Conqueror tapestries remind the audience of the many restless souls that haunt the earth in search of justice and recognition: a process curator Mark Sealy describes as ‘the violent stains of history and culture, the undead of our past as a matter of material refuse to be reconfigured and recycled to make the future new, rested and liberated.’

The Last Supper I + II re-presents a series of previous photo works (originally commissioned by Autograph ABP in 1994 and produced in collaboration with Kofi Allen) reworked as two large-scale photo-tapestries. In these elaborately staged tableaux, Abdu’Allah and Kofi Allen presents 12 young black men and women re-enacting Christ’s iconic final feast, dressed in everyday street clothes and Muslim garb. Heavily armed, these figures are locked somewhere in between zones of confrontation and protection – challenging the viewer into a critical dialogue about the past, present and the future.

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The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Autograph ABP would like to thank the University of Wisconsin-Madison for its support.

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