We explore a photo triptych currently on show at Autograph ABP, London, by British visual artist Faisal Abdu’Allah
Above is a glimpse of a new series of photo tapestries titled The Duppy Conqueror by Faisal Abdu’Allah, which appear for the first time within his solo exhibition, The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works, this season.
Here, Abdu’Allah’s masked alter-ego represents a figure who defies and conquers a ‘duppy’ – an evil ghost or spirit in Jamaican tradition.
The conqueror, as a malevolent supernatural being, 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.
‘Physical and mental turbulence haunt his practice,
and photography as a tool for capture serves his
desire to reframe the past and make tangible the present’
Mark Sealy, curator and director of Autograph ABP comments, ‘The human subject for Abdu’Allah is either bewildered, traumatised, dead or resurrected. Physical and mental turbulence haunt his practice, and photography as a tool for capture serves his desire to reframe the past and make tangible the present.’
The show features a series of sculptural works by the artist, along with other photo tapestries, photo etchings and wallpapers.
Abdu’Allah is Associate Professor of Art and Faculty Director of UW-Madison’s Creative Arts Community, The Studio, and has won numerous grants and awards, including the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant.
Autograph ABP was established in 1988 with the mission of advocating the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices. As a charity, the organisation works internationally in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.
The Duppy Conqueror & Other Works is on show at Autograph ABP, London, until 14 March 2018. Discover more at autograph-abp.co.uk