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Artist

Shiraz Bayjoo

  • CountryMauritius
  • Born1980

About

Working across the media of painting, photography and video, Shiraz Bayjoo explores notions of nationhood, personal and collective identities and porous borders. His works often take the form of installations or are conceived as collaborative projects with local communities and schools. Using photographs and artefacts stored in public and personal archives, Bayjoo investigates the complex histories and questions around authoring collective identity in a postcolonial world.

In 2015, Bayjoo completed the film Ile de France as part of a residency programme at Iniva. In this non-narrative film images of the nature and architecture of his native Mauritius function as historical documents representing encounters between the island and its colonial past.

Many of his works including the Global Miniatures (2009), display Bayjoo’s signature style of creating politically and culturally charged collages where symbols of national identity – flags, maps and cultural motifs – are combined with translucent layers of paint, reflecting on the effects of colonialism and migration. Bayjoo said, ‘Looking into the narrative of disappearing identities, I look away from my own cultural heritage, finding common ground with lesser-known realities.’

Originally from Mauritius, Bayjoo studied at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. His work has been exhibited at Iniva and Tate Britain. In 2011, he joined the artist in residence programme at the Whitechapel Gallery.

Bayjoo lives and works in London and Mauritius.

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