press release

The Garden of Eden is a powerful architectural installation that explores issues of privilege, exclusion and voyeurism. This major new work is Faisal Abdu'Allah's most ambitious project to date, and is the result of a significant collaboration between the London-based artist and celebrated architect David Adjaye.

The Garden of Eden is a multifaceted and uncompromising structure. It contains separate spaces that divide visitors with differing genetic attributes. The installation seeks to engage the spectator in a charged physical experience, compelling each viewer to consider the differences between privileged and unprivileged space.

The Garden of Eden proposes complex and critical questions: Where does exclusion begin and end? To what extent can we determine the cultural, political and social environments in which we exist? And how do genetics inform rights of access?

Faisal Abdu'Allah was born in London in 1969. He attended Central St. Martin's College of Art, London, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston and the Royal College of Art, London. His projects include: Humanity, (Project Row House, Houston, 2006), Diss-assembly (Serpentine Gallery, London 2006), Threshold (inIVA, London 2006) and Britannia Works (Xippas Gallery, Greece 2004). He is a recipient of the Decibel Visual Arts Award (Visual Artist 2004-5). He was Artist in Residence at the Serpentine Gallery, London and Tate Modern, London (2007).

The Garden of Eden was commissioned by Autograph ABP and Chisenhale Gallery, London in association with Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. Produced in collaboration with David Adjaye and supported by Arts Council England. The Garden of Eden toured to Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth from 8 November – 20 December 2003.

Faisal Abduallah
The Garden of Eden

03.09.2003 - 12.10.2003 Chisenhale Gallery, London
08.11.2003 - 20.12.2003 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth