Shiraz Bayjoo: Authoring Collective Identity in a Post-Colonial World
Wednesday, September 23, 6-8PM
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street
Shiraz Bayjoo’s recent film Ile de France explores the layers of colonial legacies and their role in shaping the identities in the post colony, in this case specifically Mauritius. Starting with an introduction of his previous works and their influence on his current practice, Bayjoo’s talk sheds light upon broader themes of identity formation and the role power relations play upon the construction of Mauritian identities.
In his work, Bayjoo combines research with communities and archives; culminating in a multi disciplinary practice of video, painting and installation. He is interested in ideas of nationhood and the exploration of identity and histories through using photographs, and artefacts stored in public and personal archives.
"I am concerned with how the wider public's perception of events and histories is influenced or differs from what is conveyed or captured in the more dynamic collections held in archives. Through investigating themes of migration and trade, the work explores these complex colonial histories and relationships, and enquires into the challenge of authoring of collective identity in the post-colonial world.”
Shiraz Bayjoo is a London based artist, originally from Mauritius. He studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, and was artist in residence at Whitechapel gallery during 2011. Bayjoo has exhibited with Tate Britain and the Institute for International Visual Arts, and is a recipient of the Gasworks fellowship.
The artist talk is presented in collaboration with Ephemeral Coast, an international research project led by Celina Jeffery (University of Ottawa, Canada). A screening of Ile de France will take place on September 24, 6 PM at the University of Ottawa, Department of Visual Arts, 100 Laurier Avenue East, Room 219.