Abdu’Allah who, as well as being an artist, is also famously a Harlesden barber has made some of the most politically significant and aesthetically rigorous art works of the past decade.
at View Tube
Faisal Abdu'Allah and Daniel Thomas, 2011
When the artwork of a north London barber first appeared on the walls of UK galleries and museums with titles such as 'I Wanna Kill Sam' and ‘Fuck Da Police’ it unnerved some critics, but Faisal Abdu’Allah is now one of the most celebrated artists on the international circuit.
In this new work, Double Pendulum Faisal Abdu'Allah creates a new collaboration with sports professionals and scientists, to examine the involuntary process of breathing, through the training rituals of athlete Jeanette Kwakye, 2007 British Champion 100 and 200 metres; footballer Anthony Grant of Southend United and martial arts 2008 British Gold medalist and European Silver medalist, Ammar Duffus. Double Pendulum, commissioned by Invisible Dust explores how size, identity, gender, class and geography effect the way we breathe and move. The film will be screened at the View Tube as a large-scale outdoor projection with the Olympic stadium as the backdrop as part of the CREATE 11 festival.
Abdu’Allah is never far away from controversy and Double Pendulum which takes a critical look at London’s air quality comes at a time when Britain could be fined up to £175m by the International Olympic Committee if it continues to break air pollution laws by the time the 2012 Games begin. With a high prevalence of asthma in elite athletes, aggravated by poor air quality and official readings showing a high air pollution index at the last Beijing Olympics, this is serious stuff, because London is one of the most polluted cities in Europe and air pollution kills. Official studies show that air pollution – mainly from traffic – causes more premature deaths than passive smoking and traffic accidents combined, at a cost of about £2bn a year.
Double Pendulum, runs for a duration of 9 minutes and 58 seconds which mirrors the current 100-metre sprint world record of 9.58 seconds set by Usain Bolt in 2009. The film is narrated by respiratory doctors who are leading scientists from King’s College, London and Brunel University. It provides a unique insight into the processes of exercise, identity and ritual. For Faisal identity and science have always been silent partners at the core of his practice. Artists and scientists help to shape social consciousness and redefine the human condition. Double Pendulum is the result of a unique coalition between the two disciplines.
Talk: Art, Smog and the East End
Tuesday 5 July, 7pm
Artist Faisal Abdu’Allah, Tim Baker of Newham PCT and Professor Frank Kelly of King’s College, London debate the past and future effects of air quality.
Preview: Wednesday 29 June, 7-11pm
30 June - 17 July
The Greenway, Marshgate Lane,