The American photographer Fazal Sheikh (1965) is no stranger to the Netherlands. In his previous exhibitions held at the Nederlands Fotomuseum (1997, 2001) and during the photograhy festival Noorderlicht (1997), he showed his impressive portraits of homeless people and refugees in African and Asia. By now Fazal Sheikh has developed his body of work substantially. In monumental and tranquil black/white portraits, Sheikh gives names and faces to the people in refugee camps in Kenya, Tanzania and Pakistan. He also records their stories in extensive statements.
Huis Marseille brings these and other series together in a retrospective, which has been realized in close collaboration with the artist, curator Carlos Gollonet and FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE in Madrid.
Publicatie / Publication: Fazal Sheikh, met teksen van / with essays by Carlos Gollonet, Liz Jobey, Eduardo Cadava en Carlos Martín, Madrid: Fundación MAPFRE 2009, ISBN 978-84-9844-1772
Fazal Sheikh was born in 1965 in New York City. His previous books include A Sense of Common Ground (Scalo 1996), The Victor Weeps (Scalo 1998), A Camel for the Son and Ramadan Moon (International Human Rights Series 2001), and Moksha (Steidl 2005). His work has been exhibited at Tate Modern, London; the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris; the International Center of Photography and the United Nations, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. His photographs are held in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, George Eastman House, Rochester, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.His awards include the International Henri Cartier-Bresson Grand Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, the Prix d’Arles, and the Leica Medal of Excellence. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2005 Sheikh was named a MacArthur Fellow.Sheikh is represented by Pace/ MacGill Gallery in New York City.