Faisal Abdu'allah

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Faisal Abdu'Allah (born 1969 in London) is a British artist and barber.[1] His work includes photography, screenprint and installations.

Life and work[edit]

Abdu'Allah was born Paul Duffus in 1969 and grew up in a Pentecostal family. He was educated at Willesden High School, Harrow School of Art, Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art.[2] In 1991, Abdu'Allah reverted to Islam and changed his name. The event was described in the BBC television documentary series The Day That Changed My Life[3] and formed the subject of the artist's 1992 work Thalatha Haqq (Three Truths).[4] He taught at the University of East London (UEL),[5] formerly North East London Polytechnic. He was a visiting Professor at Stanford University [1] and is a member of the Association of Black Photographers.[6] In the spring of 2013 Abdu'Allah was an invited scholar and artist at the University of Wisconsin [2], on the recommendation of Professor Henry J. Drewal, [3] who coined the term "sensiotics". [4]. In fall of 2014 Abdu'Allah returned to Wisconsin, this time as a faculty member in UW-Madison's School of Education where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the Art Department. [5]


  1. ^ Jo Littler and Roshi Naidoop, The Politics of Heritage: Legacies of Race, Routledge, p178. ISBN 978-0-415-32210-2
  2. ^ Michael Edmands, Artist who is a cut above, The Guardian, 30 June 2001.
  3. ^ Thomas Sutcliffe, Review, The Independent, 24 August 1995.
  4. ^ V&A website
  5. ^ ,"AVA Staff – Academic Staff". 
  6. ^ Elizabeth M. Hallam and Brian V. Street, Cultural Encounters: representing otherness, Routledge, p.273. ISBN 978-0-415-20279-4

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