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Teju Cole: 12 Photography Favourites

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

The New York Times photography critic and award-winning novelist and essayist Teju Cole takes the audience on a virtual tour of the work of twelve of his current favourite photographers. In this intimate art event, American born and Nigerian raised Teju reveals the photographic images that have had a significant impact on his life, the stories behind them and the intimate relationship between fiction and photography.

Across two special and distinctly different nights, Teju Cole: sublime multi-media story teller, art historian and photography critic for The New York Times shares his journey in words and pictures reflecting on the inspirations behind his ground-breaking work. From award-winning writing to genre-bending performative literature, Teju Cole is the fresh new voice of a generation.


The world belongs to Cole and is thornily and gloriously allied with his curiosity and his personhood…History—literary, political, social or personal—offers us a vast archive of knowledge that both influences and challenges the definitions we construct for ourselves. On every level of engagement and critique, Known and Strange Things is an essential and scintillating journey

The New York Times Book Review

A powerful and unnerving inquiry into the human soul. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like J.M. Coetzee, W.G. Sebald and Henry James, but Open City merits higher praise: it’s a profoundly original work, intellectually stimulating and possessing of a style both engaging and seductive.

Time Magazine

[Teju Cole’s] novels are lean, expertly sustained performances. The places he can go, you feel, are just about limitless.

The New York Times on Every Day is for the Thief

Beautiful, subtle, and finally, original.

The New Yorker on Open City

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See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
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