b. 1979, Port Louis, Mauritius, East Africa. Lives and works in London, UK
Shiraz Bayjoo is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with film, painting, photography, performance, and installation. His research-based practice focuses on addressing cultural memory, postcolonial nationhood, and the exploration of identity and histories in a manner that challenges dominant cultural narratives 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.
Recent and upcoming projects include the group show Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora, Zeitz Mocaa, Cape Town; Ngaay - Konesans duo show with Brook Andrew, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2022); Civitella Ranieri artist residency, Italy (2023); Whitechapel gallery, Permanent public art installation (2022); Smithsonian Artist Research Residency, USA (2022);
Bayjoo’s solo exhibitions include ICF, Diaspora Pavilion 2, Venice Biennial (2022), Shiraz Bayjoo: Rivyer Nwar, Copperfield, London (2022); Lo Sa Later Ruz, Fondation H Paris (2021); It is the sea that connects us, 12 Gates Art, Philadelphia, USA (2020); Searching for Libertalia, New Art Exchange (2019); 1:54 African art fair Lounge commission, Somerset House, London (2018); Surface to Horizon, Clarke House, Mumbai (2017); Ile de France, ICAIO, British Council, Mauritius (2016); Rome being the center, Arte Operativa, Rome (2016); Ile de France, SAW Video, Canada (2015): A land of extraordinary quarantines, Greenlease gallery, USA (2015); Ile de France, 198 Gallery, London (2015) ; Bayjoo + Vandy, London Newcastle project space, London (2013); Whitechapel Gallery Artist in Residence, London (2010/ 11); Workforce: Artist Shiraz Bayjoo employs the public, INIVA, London (2009).
His group exhibitions include AORA: V, AORA Virtual Museum (2021); Archives of Disruption and Repair, Neue Galerie Innsbruck (2021); We Are History, Somerset House London (2021); Constance Ari, MONA, Tasmania (2021); Here be dragons a reprise, Copperfield gallery, London (2021); Photo London (2020); Who is Gazing, Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, Paris (2020) ; 5Th Dhaka Art Summit: Seismic Movements, Bangladesh (2020); Indian Ocean Current, McMullen Museum, Boston, USA (2020); A Language of Form, Exhibit 320, New Delhi December (2019); A Plot for the Multiverse, Indigo +Madder, London June (2019); Pran Kouraz, Art Night London, June (2019); 52 Artists 52 Actions, Artspace Sydney, Australia May (2019); 14th Biennale of Sharjah, UAE (2019); 4th Biennale de Casablanca, Morocco October (2018); Common Third, Copperfield Gallery, London September (2018); Representation Remembrance and the Memorial, Monash University, Australia (2018); 13th Biennale de Dakar, Senegal (2018); 21st Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2018); Ephemeral Coasts, Glyyn Vivian Art Gallery, Wales (2018); Ed Cross Fine Art, London Art Fair (2018); FRAC, Reunion Island (2017); Edge Effects, Mauritius (2016); The Averard Hotel, London (2016); Multiplied Art Fair, Christies, London (2015); Homelands, Artsadmin, London (2015); Ile de France research residency and exhibition, INIVA, London (2015); Partage, French Institute, Mauritius (2014);Interchange Junctions with Yinka Shonibare, London (2014); Art Apart Fair, Singapore (2014); Oakley Project Space, London (2013); Multiplied Art Fair, Christies, London (2013); Illuminating Cultures, Tate Britain, London (2010); Off the Map, INIVA, Rivington St, London (2009); New Contemporaries, St. David’s, Cardiff (2001).
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