Departing from General de Gaulle’s 1940 call to arms broadcast to France’s colonies, Shiraz Bayjoo will explore the relationship between creoles, languages and discourse around questions of freedom and independence in colonial and post-colonial settings. The first chapter in the artist’s Libertalia project set in Madagascar, Bayjoo is interested in the complex and layered narratives that permeate the surface of globalised society.
Shiraz Bayjoo is a London-based artist currently working in the Indian Ocean region, whose practice spans painting, photography, and video. Originally from Mauritius, Bayjoo studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Bayjoo was artist in residence at Whitechapel Gallery during 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rome being the centre’, Operativa Arte, Rome, 2016, ‘A land of extraordinary quarantines’, Greenlease Gallery Rockhurst University, 2015, ‘Ile-de-France’ residency and exhibition at the Institute for International Visual Arts (Iniva), 2015, 198 Gallery, 2015. Group exhibitions include: ‘Homelands’, Artsadmin, 2015, ‘Illuminating Cultures’, Tate Britain, 2010, New Contemporaries, 2001.
Curated by Emily Butler