“Who is the stranger? Who is kin? What do we owe each other? What, in the inferno, is not infernal?”
Distressed by increasing xenophobia and authoritarian politics around the world, award-winning author Teju Cole and celebrated photographer Fazal Sheikh created their 2018 book Human Archipelago “to find a new way of speaking to the startling reappearance of some very old problems.” Pairing Cole’s intimate words with Sheikh’s direct, luminous photographs, the two ask fundamental and pressing questions of coexistence and urge us to consider, “Who is my neighbor?”
Conversation Between Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh
On January 19, 2021, Cole and Sheikh sat down to discuss their work. The devastating pandemic and uprisings against racial injustice have made their questions and their commitment to compassionate global community more relevant than ever.
Video Adaptation of Human Archipelago
Cole and Sheikh made a video adaptation of Human Archipelago in 2020. They take turns reading Cole’s texts over a display of Sheikh’s photographs.