SHIRAZ BAYJOO

Born 1980 in Mauritius (MU)
Lives and works in London (UK)

Shiraz Bayjoo’s practice addresses ideas of nationhood as well as the exploration of identity and histories through the use of photographs and artefacts stored in public and personal archives. Investigating the legacy of European colonialism, his work explores the complex histories and relationships of migration and trade, and delves into the challenge of authoring collective identity in the post-colonial world. He is currently interested in exploring the social and historical contexts of the colonization of the oceans, which were largely treated as a resource for human control.
Shiraz Bayjoo works with painting, photography, video and installation. He frequently uses archival sources – objects, materials, images and sounds – as a premise of his multimedia installations, which include nineteenth century maps, paintings based on surveys and photographs of the Indian Ocean.

 


 

[READING LIST]

 

To learn more about Shiraz Bayjoo’s practice, here are a few articles, interviews and videos about his work:

 


“Shiraz Bayjoo: Ile de France Residency & Open Studio”, Iniva Arts, 2015


“Unexpected Views: Shiraz Bayjoo on Turner”, The National Gallery of Art, 2019


“Homelands film screening and discussion with Manick Govinda and Shiraz Bayjoo”, 2015

COLLECTIONS

Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain, Reunion Island (FR)

Sharjah Foundation Collection, Sharjah (AE)

Governement of the United Kingdom, London (UK)

SELECTED SHOWS

2020

Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (BD)

2019

Nous sommes sur tous les ponts, FRAC Réunion, Piton Saint‐Leu (RE)

14th Biennale of Sharjah, Sharjah (AE)

Searching for Libertalia, New Art Exchange, Nottingham (UK)

2018

4th Biennale de Casablanca, Casablanca (MA)

Representation Remembrance and the Memorial, Monash University (AU) 

13th Biennale de Dakar, Dakar (SN)

21st Biennale of Sydney, Sydney (AU)

Ephemeral Coasts, Glyyn Vivian Art Gallery, Wales (UK)

2017

Ed Cross Fine Art, London (UK)

Surface to Horizon, Clarke House, Mumbai (IN)

2016

Edge Effects, Mauritius (MU)

Ile de France, ICAIO, British Council, Mauritius (MU)

Opensource video festival, London (UK)

Rome being the center, Arte Operativa, Rome (IT)

The Averard Hotel, London (UK)

2015

Ile de France, SAW Video, Canada (CA)

A land of extraordinary quarantines, Greenlease gallery (US)

Ile de France, 198 Gallery, London (US)

Homelands, Artsadmin, London (US)

Ile de France research residency and exhibition, INIVA, London (UK

2014

Gasworks Fellowship, Mauritius (MU)

Partage, French Institute, Mauritius (MU)

Interchange Junctions with Yinka Shonibare, London (UK)

2013

Bayjoo + Vandy, London Newcastle project space, London (UK)

Oakley Project Space, London (UK)

2010

Illuminating Cultures, Tate Britain, London (UK)

2009

Workforce: Artist Shiraz Bayjoo employs the public, INIVA, London (UK)

Off the Map, INIVA, Rivington St, London (UK)

2008

Liquid Cities, Brooklyn Micro Museum, New York (UK)

2007

Oulond, Oulou (FI)

2005

In Between, Proud Gallery, London (UK)

2001

New Contemporaries, St. David’s, Cardiff (UK)

FAIRS

2019

1:54 African art fair Lounge commission, Somerset House, London (UK)

2018

Ed Cross Fine Art, London Art Fair, London (UK)

2015

Multiplied Art Fair, Christies, London (UK)

2014

Art Apart Fair, Singapore (SG)

Multiplied Art Fair, Christies, London (UK)