ABOUT THE WORK
Shiraz Bayjoo’s commission for Art Night will explore real and fictional figures from Mauritian, Madagascan, and British colonial histories; drawing upon Bayjoo’s research and practice on European legacies throughout the Indian ocean region. The work will be made in collaboration with young people from Mission Grove Primary School in Walthamstow considering the UN’s convention on children’s rights and set against a dystopian landscape of failed states and ecology.
Filmed on 16mm, participating young people will perform in costumes and masks inspired by characters in the narrative and designed in collaboration with a group of fashion designers based in the UK and across the African Union. Co-commissioned by Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts), the work with young people will be facilitated through the use of Emotional Learning Cards, developed by Iniva Creative Learning which encourage emotional literacy. The workshops are supported by ArtSocial Foundation.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Shiraz Bayjoo’s practice explores the social, political and historical conditions integral to Mauritian cultural identity and the wider Indian Ocean region. Often using photographs and artefacts from public and personal archives, culminating in a multidisciplinary practice of video, painting, photography and sculpture. His practice considers the formation of collective identity and nationhood through the entangled legacies of European colonialism, and their relationships to slavery and migration.
ABOUT THE VENUE:
The Empire Cinema is a busy local cinema that occupies a central site, at the top of Walthamstow Market.
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation. With the Stuart Hall Library acting as a critical and creative hub for our work, they offer residencies, commission new work and promote existing practices enabling artistic ambition and development.
ABOUT ARTSOCIAL FOUNDATION
The workshops are supported by ArtSocial Foundation who are a fundraising and grant-making charity that is on a mission to use arts to improve the lives of disadvantaged, vulnerable children and young people in the UK and Russia.