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Teju Cole: Blind Spot


‘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. #tejucoleblindspot

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

Metropolis Books will be our bookseller at this event.

This event was live-streamed (audio only) – watch it below.


Teju Cole

Teju Cole is a critic, novelist, photographer, and the author of four books: Every Day is for the Thief (novella), Open City (novel), Known and Strange Things (essays) and Blind Spot (photography and text). He has been awarded the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Windham Campbell Prize, the Internationaler ... Read more

Anwen Crawford

Anwen Crawford is the author of No Document (2021), shortlisted for the 2022 Stella Prize, and Live Through This (2015). Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, The White Review and Sydney Review of Books, and in 2021 she won the Pascall Prize for Arts Critic... Read more


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