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
Purchase general admission tickets online.

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is a survey of the nearly 25-year career of the critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh. Born and raised in New York City, the artist has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his documentary-based photography practice.

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. Photographs in Common Ground 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 numerous 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 Micheline Klagsbrun and Ken Grossinger, 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.

For Members

Members can see the exhibition first during a Member Preview on Saturday, August 12. Space is limited, advanced reservations are recommended. Reserve FREE timed-entry preview tickets here.

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Things to Do

  • Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, 2000
    Event: Members

    Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013 Member Preview

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 10:00am5:00pm.

    Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, is the first comprehensive American exhibition of critically acclaimed photographer Fazal Sheikh’s work. 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.

    Members see the exhibition first. Plus, members save 20% on all purchases at The Shops during the preview day only.

    Advanced reservations recommended; last entry at 4 pm. More

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

    Common Ground Public Tours

    Beginning on August 13, 2017 this will occur every Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday through November 12, 2017.

    Join a 45-minute public tour of Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, offered Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 2 pm, August 13 through November 12. Included with general admission, reservations not required. More

  • Fazal Sheikh, Abshiro Aden Mohammed, 2000
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    Anderman Photography Lecture: Fazal Sheikh

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 7:00pm8:30pm.

    During his nearly 25-year career, photographer Fazal Sheikh has focused on raising awareness of international human rights issues through his critically acclaimed work. The artist will discuss his documentary-based photography practice.

    On view at the DAM through Nov. 12, Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013, 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. More