Teju Cole: Blind Spot

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
5 March 2018
Author / Presenters: 
Teju Cole and Anwen Crawford

‘Every line in every poem is the orphaned caption of a lost photograph.’

Teju Cole is an artist whose work embraces ambiguity and enigma. We see this in his fiction (especially his acclaimed 2011 novel, Open City) and in his essays for the New Yorker. We see it in his photography columns for the New York Times and in his Twitter and Instagram storytelling experiments. It’s evident, too, in Cole’s absorbing new book combining photography and prose, Blind Spot.

Cole is based in New York, but Blind Spot brings together hundreds of photographs from his extensive travels across the globe – featuring scenes from Switzerland, Lebanon, Nigeria, Jamaica and across America. Each photograph is accompanied by Cole’s reflections in writing; short fragments that are lyrical, intriguing and oblique.

At the Wheeler Centre in March, this inimitable man of letters and pictures will discuss peripheral visions and artistic obsessions.

Event image: Rivaz (Teju Cole, 2017), courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery.

Metropolis Books will be our bookseller at this event.

This event will be live-streamed (audio only) – sign up for reminders below.

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