Faisal Abdu’Allah

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'Heads of State', 1997 Screen Print On Glass Structure W24" X L65" X D8" © Courtesy of the CAAM
Quick Facts
Central Saint Martins - UAL
University Of East London
Royal College of Art
Representing galleries
Magnolia Editions
performance, photography, exhibition/performance

Faisal Abdu’Allah graduated from the Royal College of Art, his first solo show ‘Censored’ received wide acclaim and was quoted as ’one to watch’ by art critic Sarah Kent in 1993.

Abdu’ Allah’s work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, printmaking and performative installations, more recently moving image has featured in his practice culminating in his first film 'Browning of Britannia' showcased at the BFI, London, 2008. This has enabled him to reposition values and ideologies pertaining to representation and memory.

He continues to broker disparate worlds through his practice best exemplified in ‘The Garden of Eden’ 2003 a collaboration with architect David Adjaye, ‘Gold Finger’ 2007 featuring the late Joey Pyle from the British Mafia and more recently his second installation film ‘Double Pendulum’ commissioned by Invisible Dust in 2011 featuring Jeanette Kwakye of Team GB, described as an "exploration of breathing rituals", this film was recently awarded the Mayors prize for sustainability in 2012.

Over the past few years Abdu'Allah has received numerous awards, the Anonymous Arts Award 2011-12, The Brittingham Fellow Award 2011-12, IDA Award 2010, First Prize at the Tallinn Print Triennial 2007, Decibel Artist Award 2005 and has participated in the Sharjah, Torino, Tallinn and recently the coveted 55th Venice Biennale 2013, curated by Professor Nancy Mithlo.

He was the visiting professor and artist in residence at Stanford University, California in 2010 and recently completed his second visiting professorship and residency at the University of Wisconsin 2013.
In 2012 showcased his first retrospective 'The Art of Dislocation' (1989-2012) at the CAAM, Spain with a new publication 'On the Art of Dislocation' written by Professor Barbaro Martinez-Ruiz with contributions by Octavia Zayo (Atlantica).

In 2012 he gained his Phd for his publication 'Mirror to my Thoughts' awarded by the University of East London where he is currently a senior lecturer in Fine Art.

He has just completed his third major public art project on the facia of the new Village School in London, is featured in the feature film 'Fade' by Director Andy Mundy-Castle featuring Pharell Williams and is currently represented by Magnolia Editions, USA and Autograph ABP, London.