Allan deSouza

Department: Art Practice

Allan deSouza works across different disciplines, including photography, digital media, text, performance, and pedagogy. Their work examines, restages, and counters colonizing legacies through strategies of humor, fabulation, and (mis)translation. deSouza has shown extensively in the US and internationally, including at SF Camerawork; the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Krannert Museum, IL; Blaffer Museum, TX; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Mori Museum, Tokyo; African Photography Encounters Biennale, Bamako, Mali; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; and Guangzhou Triennale, China. deSouza has published two recent books: How Art Can Be Thought: A Handboook for Change (Duke University Press, 2018), examines possibilities for decolonizing art pedagogy and critique. The book provides an extensive analytical glossary of some of the most common terms used to discuss art, focusing on their current usage while considering how those terms may be adapted to new artistic and social challenges; Ark of Martyrs: An Autobiography of V (Sming Sming Books, 2020), is a polyphonic rewrite of Joseph Conrad’s infamous Heart of Darkness (1899), and with a dysphoric, dystopian narrative set on a cruise ship that’s adrift and under quarantine. deSouza’s essays and fiction have been published in numerous journals, anthologies, and catalogues, including Third Text, London, Art Practical, and Shifter Journal, NY.