Artist of the Week: Faisal Abdu’allah

Double Pendulum – the artist’s new film explores how exercise, identity and ritual are affected by the air we breathe

Double Pendulum, which is available to view until 17 July at the View Tube in East London, is a film about breathing and movement involving professional athletes and world-class leading scientists. It  is screened through a large-scale outdoor projection with the Olympic stadium as the backdrop as part of the CREATE 11 festival. Sports professionals illustrate and map the journey that air takes through the human form alongside an engaging narrative from world-leading scientists from King’s College London and Brunel University. Find out more about this Invisible Dust project here.

Faisal Abdu’allah has worked with Iniva several times; an example is the exhibition Veil which took place in 2003, which showed at the New Art Gallery, Walsall, and toured to Liverpool, Oxford and Stockholm. The exhibition examined the veil as one of the most powerful symbols in contemporary culture. Twenty artists and film-makers addressed the question of the veil in all its complexities and ambiguities, challenging any single or fixed cultural interpretation. Abdu’allah exhibited ‘The Last Supper’ as part of this exhibition.

Faisal Abdu’allah’s work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, the printed image and lens-based installations. He graduated in Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London and his work constantly repositions values and ideologies pertaining to representation. He is a senior lecturer in Fine art at the University of East London. He lives and maintains a studio in London. Visit the artist’s website.