The work of UW–Madison’s Faisal Abdu’Allah is featured in the exhibition, “Artists Without Borders: Reflections on Art and Place,” presented by the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA).
Abdu’Allah holds UW–Madison’s Chazen Family Distinguished Chair in Art, and is a professor with the School of Education’s Art Department.
For the exhibition, the museum asked nine Wisconsin artists to explore themes of immigration, identity, and belonging. Abdu’Allah’s work, the gold-plated “The Barber’s Chair,” evokes his boyhood in London, England, as the son of Jamaican immigrants.
“Once a month his father would take him to a house in the Willesden neighborhood belonging to Mr. Wright, a masterful barber,” a Wisconsin State Journal article about the exhibition explains.