“I have spent the last five years developing a discourse that combines research with communities and archives; culminating in a multi disciplinary practice of video, painting and installation. With this, images are broken down, re-explored and re-situated.”
– Shiraz Bayjoo
About The Artist
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, London, UK during 2011. His recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rome being the centre’, Operativa Arte, Rome, 2016, ‘A land of extraordinary quarantines’, Greenlease Gallery, USA, 2015, and ‘Ile-de-France’ residency and exhibition at the Institute for International Visual Arts (Iniva), UK, 2015, and 198 Gallery, UK, 2015. Group exhibitions include ‘Homelands’, Artsadmin, 2015, ‘Illuminating Cultures’, Tate Britain, 2010, and New Contemporaries, 2001.
Shiraz Bayjoo’s practice considers ideas of nationhood and the exploration of identity and histories through the use of photographs and artefacts stored in public and personal archives. Through investigating the legacy of European colonialism, the work explores the complex histories and relationships of migration and trade, and enquires into the challenge of authoring collective identity in the post-colonial world. Bayjoo works with painting, photography, video and installation.