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The Struggle is Ordained

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1995 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abdu'Allah, Faisal, born 5 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white selenium split tone photograph on archival paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 902, box C

Faisal Abdul Allah was born of Jamaican parents in London. His father was a lay Pentecostal minister and Faisal was brought up in the atmosphere of the Christian Church and its teachings. In common with many of his peers, he found that there was little recognition in that environment of the prejudices against black people. Mainly for this reason, he became a convert to Islam. Nevertheless, he has used the image of Christ in his work more than once to raise issues around discrimination, power, control and suffering.

Physical description

Black and white photograph. Image is head and neck of young black man tilted back with raised hand showing bleeding palm, gesture of benediction in foreground. Head is crowned with thorns.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1995 (made)


Abdu'Allah, Faisal, born 5 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white selenium split tone photograph on archival paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Faisal Abdu'Allah 1995'
Maker's identification; verso; signing

'Faisal Abdu'Allah 1995'
Maker's identification; Arabic; verso; signing


Height: 337 mm image, Width: 269 mm image, Height: 403 mm sheet, Width: 305 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph, 'The Struggle is Ordained', (self) portrait, Great Britain, Faisal Abdu'Allah 1995. Signed and dated on the back in English and Arabic.

Production Note

This photograph was the study/template for a larger photographic work of the same name producd in 2000.

Subjects depicted

Race; Suffering; Race


Religion; Christianity; Black History


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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