Yale Art Gallery to present Fazal Sheikh’s photographs of environmental conflict and change

June 23, 2022

From September 9, 2022 to January 8, 2023, the Yale University Art Gallery will present Fazal Sheikh: ExposuresFazal Sheikh (born 1965) has spent his career photographing individuals and communities displaced by conflict and environmental change. Acclaimed for his intimate portraits, Sheikh collaborates closely with his subjects to better understand and share their stories. This exhibition features Sheikh’s newest body of work, Exposures (2017–21), as well as an earlier series, Erasures (2010–15). To make Exposures, set in the American Southwest, Sheikh worked closely with the Utah Diné Bikéyah Native American grassroots organization to examine the human and environmental costs of the exploitation of public lands. The expansive landscapes seen in the series pay homage to the spiritual significance of the land, while portraits and collected testimonies reveal the ongoing but often invisible effects of environmental racism, especially on Indigenous inhabitants. In Erasures, Sheikh presents aerial photographs that record the effects of cultivation, displacement, and climate change on the Negev Desert in southern Israel; the series also includes poignant portraits that put a human face to the struggle of Palestinian Bedouins to remain in villages slated for demolition. Learn more on the Gallery’s website.