Emily Butler selects two artists who explore migrations of words, narratives and histories.
Helen Cammock, There’s a Hole in the Sky, 2016
Helen Cammock will present a new video work developed from a recent artist residency in Barbados. Using an encounter between an artist and a worker from one of the island’s remaining sugar factories as a starting point, a fragmented spoken, sung or written narrative around labour and cultural transference, from East London to the Caribbean and back, will develop creating a disjunct between what is seen and what is heard.
Shiraz Bayjoo, Un Appel, 2016
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.
Emily Butler is a curator, writer and translator. Currently a curator at the Whitechapel Gallery she has worked on survey exhibitions such as Electronic Superhighway, 2016, on the Artists’ Film International Programme, on exhibitions drawn from the collections, on commissions by artists such as Rachel Whiteread, 2012 and Kader Attia, 2013-4, and major solo presentations by John Stezaker, Wilhelm Sasnal, 2011 and Hannah Höch, 2014 amongst others.