Al-An deSouza on Photography as Elegy

Artist and photography professor Al-An deSouza discusses their exhibition, Elegies of Futures Past, at Cornell University’s Johnson Museum of Art, and its meditations on family memory, colonial empire and diasporic identity. Listen to the episode here. (original air date: November 4, 2022)

Find out more about Al-An deSouza at their UC Berkeley homepage and at

Find out more about the Elegies of Futures Past exhibition here.

Other current solo and group shows of Al-An deSouza include Voice a Wild Dream: Moments in Asian American Art and Activism, 1968 – 2022, at Occidental College, and Past/Present/Future, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


The Scene’s theme song is “Follow Me,” by Aly-US.

Musical interludes for this episode: “Pavane (Sam Thompson Rework)“; “Un soupir eternel” by Dhafer Youssef.