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This visiting artist talk at the Johnson Museum of Art is the third in an ongoing series with the campus-wide Migrations Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, with support from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative. The Migrations initiative studies global migration of all living things through an interdisciplinary, multispecies lens, with a special focus on themes of racism, dispossession, and migration

A conceptual photographer, performance artist, and writer, deSouza was born to South Asian parents in Nairobi, Kenya, and raised in England before settling in the United States. They are a professor in the Department of Art Practice at University of California, Berkeley, and hold an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from Bath Academy of Art, England. DeSouza is represented by Talwar Gallery, New York and New Delhi.

DeSouza’s talk, “The Culture of Location,” frames the genre of landscape in relation to migration, settlement, and climate change. The title is a play on “The Location of Culture” by Homi Bhabha, now a classic of postcolonial theory. DeSouza’s transmedia practice explores the legacies of colonialism through strategies of humor, fabulation, and (mis)translation. Their solo exhibition “Al-An deSouza: Elegies of Futures Past” was presented at the Johnson Museum of Art (September 10–December 4, 2022).

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