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Intersections: Allan deSouza

The World Series


Allan deSouza, Watersign, 2010

Allan deSouza introduces The World Series

Allan DeSouza was born in 1958 in Nairobi, Kenya. Of Indian origin, he and his family immigrated to the United Kingdom in the mid 1960s, after the independence of Kenya that forced many Indian laborers to leave the country. DeSouza was raised in England and studied at Bart Academy and Goldsmiths. He later received his MFA in photography from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). DeSouza’s work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally, including at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Third Guangzhou Triennial, China; Museum for African Art and the International Center for Photography, New York; and most recently at the Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, Illinois, and the Fowler Museum at UCLA. His writings have been published in various journals, anthologies, and catalogues. He lives and works in San Francisco, where he is associate professor in the New Genres department at the San Francisco Art Institute.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations. 

Intersections is supported by Phillips International Forum members.