June 2nd - Conversation between Shiraz Bayjoo and Anna Arabindan-Kesson

Global Plantation Series: A Land of Extraordinary Quarantines

ICF invites you to join on Tuesday 2 June 2020 at 19:00 BST / 14:00 EDT for the first of a series of artist-directed digital discussions that contemplate the global forms and meanings of the plantation historically, and in our contemporary moment.


When Mark Twain visited Mauritius in 1896, he described it as a Land of Extraordinary Quarantines, referring to the fear of disease transmission associated with ships transporting indentured laborers to the island. The dual image of the island as a space of quarantine and a plantation animates artist Shiraz Bayjoo’s multi-media practice, and the archives-in formation he creates. In this conversation Shiraz and art historian Anna Arabindan-Kesson will reflect on the convergence of extraction and confinement, of humans and natural world, of labor and memory in his Indian ocean landscapes. How does art help us understand the afterlives of these colonial histories, in our current experience of confinement, and provide alternative possibilities for working through this uncertain present?


Register on Eventbrite to stream the conversation via Zoom. 

May 21, 2020