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The Mercantile Library

Conversation with Artist Teju Cole

October 7, 2018, 12:00pm1:30pm

Drew Klein, FotoFocus Guest Curator and Contemporary Arts Center Performing Arts Director, Cincinnati, OH; with Teju Cole, Writer, Art Historian, and Photographer, Brooklyn, NY

Teju Cole is a writer, photographer, and the photography critic for the New York Times Magazine. He was born in the US in 1975 to Nigerian parents, and raised in Nigeria.

His most recent book, Blind Spot (June 2017), a genre-crossing work of photography and texts, was shortlisted for the Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook Award and named one of the best books of the year by Time Magazine. He was commissioned by the 2017 Performa Biennial to present a multimedia solo performance piece, Black Paper, which the New York Times acclaimed as “quietly grave” and “thoroughly devastating.”

Teju Cole has contributed to the New York Times, the New Yorker, Granta, Brick, and many other magazines. His photography column at the New York Times Magazine, “On Photography,” was a finalist for a 2016 National Magazine Award. His photography has been exhibited in India, Iceland, Italy, and the US. He has lectured widely, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design to Twitter Headquarters. He gave the 2014 Kenan Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at Duke University, the 2015 Susan D. Gubar Lecture at Indiana University, and the 2016 Spui25 Lecture at the University of Amsterdam. He was awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction, and a 2015 US Artists award.

About Blind Spot:

Blind Spot, a book of photographs and texts, was published by Random House (US) and Faber & Faber (UK) in 2017. It was enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Review of Books, among others, and was named one of the best books of 2017 by Time Magazine. Blind Spot was shortlisted for the 2017 Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook Awards, and accompanied by exhibitions at the Steven Kasher Gallery and the University of Kentucky Gallery.

Watch the Conversation with Teju Cole: Blind Spot on Vimeo.

  • Teju Cole, Photo by Yasmine Omari

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