Shiraz Bayjoo: Searching for Libertalia

Ed Cross Fine Art, London, United Kingdom
06 May 2020 - 03 Jun 2020

Screenshot: Searching for Libertalia, Shiraz Bayjoo. 2019.

Screenshot: Searching for Libertalia, Shiraz Bayjoo. 2019.

Searching for Libertalia explores Madagascar’s history of piracy with the story of the fictional hero-like figure of Captain Misson, slave trading by the French East India Company throughout the 17th to 19th century, and the Malagasy fight for independence from France’s Vichy government during the Second World War. The interlinking between these distinct narratives reveals the repetitive nature of history. Searching for Libertalia underlines liberation and anti-colonial movements in African post-colonies and their relation to contemporary questions of race and identity.

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Written and Directed by Shiraz Bayjoo

Narration David Furlong + Fanny Dulin
(Exchange Theatre)

Videography and Editing Shiraz Bayjoo

Sound Editing and Mastering
Larry Achiampong + Shiraz Bayjoo

Research Support by
Prof. Megan Vaughan, Zeenat Nagree,
Cindy Sissokho, Jessica Harrington,
Jean Marie Chelin

Development Supported by
Christine Barthe + Musee du Quai Branly
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery,
Emily Butler + Open Source,
Christine Eyene + Casablanca Biennial,
Ed Cross Fine Art

Special Thanks to
Marie France + Vijay, Ile Saint Marie
Olivier Fournajoux, Masoala National Park
Arzmand + Sarah Bayjoo
Cindy Sissokho + Ed Cross

Commissioned by New Art Exchange 2019.


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