Following years of research, Searching for Libertalia artist Shiraz Bayjoo digs into the significance of the history of Madagascar and the wider Western Indian Ocean region to the narrative of colonialism, the slave trade and its relation to contemporary legacies for the Malagasy people. Bayjoo is joined in conversation by art historian and curator Christine Eyene.
Shiraz Bayjoo (b. Mauritius, lives and works in London) is a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist who works with video, painting, photography, performance, and installation. His research-based practice focuses on personal and public archives addressing cultural memory and postcolonial nationhood in manner that challenges dominant cultural narrative. Bayjoo studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. He was artist in residence at Whitechapel Gallery in 2011 and has exhibited with Tate Britain and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva). He is a recipient of the Gasworks fellowship and the UK Arts Council grants for the arts.
Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she works on Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid.
A member of the acquisition committee of Fonds régional d’art contemporain (Frac) Reunion Island, led by Béatrice Binoche, Eyene’s curatorial practice includes an interest in artists from the island and the Indian Ocean.
Shiraz Bayjoo in conversation with Christine Eyene
24 January 2019, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
New Art Exchange
39-41 Gregory Boulevard
Nottingham NG7 6BE
Free event, book your place here.