Image: Shiraz Bayjoo, ‘Politique des Races, Pt 1’ (2019) New Art Exchange, Nottingham. Photo Reece Shaw
London’s largest contemporary art festival, Art Night, announces first details of the Curated Programme — a selection of internationally acclaimed artists presenting 12 commissions in locations around Walthamstow and King’s Cross.
Exploring real and fictional figures from Mauritian, Madagascan, and British
colonial histories, Shiraz Bayjoo will work in collaboration with young people
from Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow. The commission will draw upon Bayjoo’s research and practice on European legacies throughout the Indian ocean region, and consider the UN’s convention on children’s rights, set against a dystopian landscape of failed states and ecology. This project is a co-commission with Iniva.
Curated by Helen Nisbet — her first edition as Art Night’s Artistic Director — the programme will take place on the night of 22 June 2019, beginning at 5.00pm in King’s Cross and 7.00pm in Walthamstow, and running throughout the night. Art Night is generously supported by international auction house Phillips for the fourth year running, and this year takes place as part of the official programme for the first ever Mayor’s London Borough of Culture in Waltham Forest.