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Fazal Sheikh


Fazal Sheikh


Wednesday, September 13 at 5:30 pm


Humanities 150, CU-Boulder

Artist Fazal Sheikh, born and raised in New York, has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice.Sheikh’s series of photographs have earned him countless awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Henri Cartier-Bresson International Grand Prize, and the Luce Humanitarian Award, among many others.


His lecture coincides with the exhibition of his work at the Denver Art Museum titled Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013.  That exhibition is a survey of the nearly 25-year career of the critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh.The exhibition features more than 170 portraits and landscapes chronicling individuals living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world, many times as the result of war, exploitation, and poverty. Common Ground will survey works that span a period from 1989 to 2013, offering deeper insight into major world events, racial strife, and mass global displacement in places such as East Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the Netherlands. Through portraits and the sharing of stories, Sheikh’s work bears witness to perseverance in the face of conflict, the grace of human dignity, and the necessity of empathy.

This event is part of the Visting Scholar Program

The Visiting Scholar Program is organized to explore the discipline of art history—its cultural connections, its methodological pursuits, and its changing nature—by focusing extensively on the research and insights of individual academic experts. Three to five highly regarded art historians and/or art critics speak at a public lecture presenting current research and published papers. During their week long visit they work closely with graduate students enrolled in the visiting scholar seminar class.

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