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Artist displays new photographic installation in upcoming show

Loyola press release - November 8, 2010

The poignant installation of personal and manipulated photographs by San Francisco-based artist Allan deSouza will be on display in the Collins C. Diboll Art Gallery, at Loyola University New Orleans, in an exhibit, “Courses of Empire,” beginning Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Nov. 9, from 5-8 p.m. in the Gallery, which is located on the fourth floor of Loyola’s Monroe Library. Admission is free and open to the public.

The artist will be on hand to give a lecture about the exhibit on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Audubon Room, located in the Danna Student Center. A free reception will follow the lecture in the Diboll Gallery at 7 p.m.

deSouza’s works examine issues of architecture, the body, dislocation, landscape, memory and vision. In this exhibit, the artist will create a map of the Louisiana coastline using personal photographs he has gathered over a lifetime.

“Courses of Empire” also includes photographs of cityscapes. According to deSouza, these cityscapes reference Thomas Cole’s 1833-36 similarly-titled painting series and borrow their color palette and initial arrangements from Giorgio Morandi’s mid-20th century Natura Morta paintings.

deSouza’s fiction and critical writing has been published in various artist catalogues, journals and anthologies, including “Third Text,” “Amerasia Journal,” “Camerawork” and “Shades of Black.”

deSouza is studio faculty and chair of new genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and of South Asian descent, he studied in England at Goldsmith’s College and Bath Academy of Art, and in the U.S. at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“Courses of Empire” is presented as part of Loyola’s Visiting Artist Series, supported by the Mark Grote Visiting Artist Fund and the Biever Guest Lecture Series.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.