Common Humanities

With strident voices of protectionism, nationalism and a gen­eral retreat from globalisation threatening to dominate current political discourse, the images of Fazal Sheikh (b. 1965) offer a corrective to a climate of fear and distrust of the other. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has recently acquired a col­lection of 75 images spanning the artist’s career, almost all of which will feature in their exhibition Homelands and Histories. Earlier works focus on Africa, revealing the human faces of refugee camps where people have fled conflict in Somalia and Sudan. The theme continues in The Victor Weeps (1996-1998), which visits communities of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Until 1 October. For more information:

1. Sheikh, Dawn along the Yamuna, Vrindavan, India, from the series Moksha, 2005. Inkjet print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Jane P. Watkins. © Fazal Sheikh.