Shiraz Bayjoo in conversation with Ekow Eshun 

Thursday 19 May, 19:00
Whitechapel Gallery, London 

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Join Diaspora Pavilion 2 artist Shiraz Bayjoo in conversation with writer, curator and journalist Ekow Eshun, in a special evening celebrating the release of Shiraz’s beautiful illustrated edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, published by Four Corners Books.

The event will also be a unique opportunity to discuss Shiraz’s new commission for ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2 project, which was launched in Venice this April in collaboration with dancer Nicolas Faubert and vocalist Siyabonga Mthembu. Featuring installation and live performance, the work poses a collective questioning of existing systems of knowledge and an active pursuit of wisdom.

This event is presented in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery and Four Corners Books.


Shiraz Bayjoo is a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist who works with film, painting, photography, performance, and installation. His research-based practice focuses on personal and public archives addressing cultural memory and postcolonial nationhood in a manner that challenges dominant cultural narratives. Bayjoo has exhibited with the Institute of International Visual Arts, London; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; 5th Edition Dhaka Art Summit; 14th Biennale of Sharjah; 13th Biennale of Dakar; and 21st Biennale of Sydney. Bayjoo is a recipient of the Gasworks Fellowship and the Arts Council of England. He was an artist in residence at the Delfina Foundation in 2021, and has recently been awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2022 Bayjoo has been invited to the 13th edition of Bamako Encounters.

Ekow Eshun is a London-based writer, critic, and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing the most prestigious public art program in the U.K., and the former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. His writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Granta, Vogue, Aperture, and Wired. He is the author of Black Gold of the Sun, which was nominated for the Orwell Prize, and the editor of Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent.