This is a redesigned edition of Fazal Sheikh and Teju Cole’s acclaimed text–image vision of a compassionate global community.
For the past 25 years Fazal Sheikh has highlighted the plight of displaced people and refugees around the world. He has photographed people driven from their homes by war as well as those upended by the redrawing of national borders and the reassertion of racial and ethnic divisions. Sheikh has also made sublime photographs of landscapes altered by political and environmental crises.
In recent years, the shift to the political right in the US has been replicated across Europe, the Middle East, Central and East Africa and Southeast Asia, as authoritarian governments and xenophobia have increased. As an act of refusal to these political trends, Sheikh sought out the celebrated novelist and critic Teju Cole for a collaboration.
The resulting book represents the two authors’ distinct visions, their shared values and mutual spirit of cooperation. With Cole’s words and Sheikh’s photos we are confronted with fundamental and newly necessary questions of co-existence: who is my neighbor? Who is kin to me? Who is a stranger? What does it mean to be human?
A 2020 audiovisual adaptation of Fazal Sheikh and Teju Cole’s acclaimed text-image vision of a compassionate global community. Featuring photographs by Sheikh, texts by Cole, and readings by both.
Book Specs: Human Archipelago by Fazal Sheikh and Teju Cole published by Steidl 2021 | 256 pages | 97 illustrations | Hard cover | English | ISBN 978-3-95829-911-5 | 1. Edition 07/2021. Available here.
Fazal Sheikh is an artist and author of 15 monographs, the majority published by Steidl, and including A Sense of Common Ground, The Victor Weeps, Moksha, Ladli, Portraits and The Erasure Trilogy. His work has been widely exhibited at major institutions including Tate Modern, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and United Nations, New York; and the Mapfre Foundation, Madrid. Sheikh is a fellow of the MacArthur, Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations, and artist‑in‑residence at the High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton University.
Teju Cole is a novelist, essayist and photographer. His honors include the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Cole’s photography book Blind Spot was shortlisted for the Paris Photo—Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. He is the photography critic of the New York Times Magazine and Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University.
Artists: https://www.fazalsheikh.org/ | http://www.tejucole.com/
Video: Conversation with Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh | Human Archipelago (National Gallery of Art)