Common Ground

Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013
Opens August 13, 2017

Fazal Sheikh, Afghan girl born in exile, Pakistan, 1998, from the series The Victor Weeps. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, Women's Leader, Somali Refugee Camp, Dagahaley, Kenya, 2000, from the series A Camel for the Son. © Fazal Sheikh.

Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, Women's Leader, Somali Refugee Camp, Dagahaley, Kenya, 2000, from the series A Camel for the Son. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Alima Hassan Abdullai and her brother Mahmoud, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, from the series A Camel for the Son, 1993. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Alima Hassan Abdullai and her brother Mahmoud, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, 1993, from the series A Camel for the Son. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother Mula Abdul Hakim, Afghan refugee village Khairabad, North Pakistan, from the series The Victor Weeps. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Abdul Aziz holding a photograph of his brother Mula Abdul Hakim, Afghan refugee village Khairabad, North Pakistan, 1997, from the series The Victor Weeps. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Lukelatabaru’s (“one who was born to make war”) family, Rwandan refugee camp, Lumasi, Tanzania, from the series A Sense of Common Ground, 1994. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Lukelatabaru’s (“one who was born to make war”) family, Rwandan refugee camp, Lumasi, Tanzania, 1994, from the series A Sense of Common Ground. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Abala Dasi ('Poor woman'), Vrindavan, India, from the series Moksha, 2005. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Abala Dasi ('Poor woman'), Vrindavan, India, 2005, from the series Moksha. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Neela Dey (“Sapphire”), Vrindavan, India, from the series Moshka, 2005. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Neela Dey (“Sapphire”), Vrindavan, India, 2005, from the series Moshka. © Fazal Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Dr. Jan's son and friend,  Afghan refugee village, Nasirbagh, North  West Frontier Province, Pakistan, from the  series The Victor Weeps, 1997. © Fazal  Sheikh

Fazal Sheikh, Dr. Jan's son and friend, Afghan refugee village, Nasirbagh, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, 1997, from the series The Victor Weeps. © Fazal Sheikh

about

August 13, 2017 – November 12, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 1
Included in general admission
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Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is the first comprehensive American exhibition of critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh’s work. The more than two-decade-long career of the Kenyan-rooted and American-born artist has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice.

The exhibition features more than 100 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. Stories told through Sheikh’s pictures focus on survivors, orphans, and victims of violence and abuse.

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.

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013 is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is presented with generous support from the CrossCurrents Foundation, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

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