A colour photograph of an open book of Treasure Island. On the right hand page is text from the book. The right hand page features an image of a woman, dressed in period dress, complete with hat. They are stood looking at the camera, foot on top of an upturned basket

Shiraz Bayjoo: In Conversation with Melissa Chemam

Friday, 29th July 2022, 18:30 to 20:30
£6, £4 concession, please book in advance. → Book

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Art by Shiraz Bayjoo.
Published by Four Corners Books. Familiars series designed by John Morgan.


How do you reimagine a classic?

Join artist Shiraz Bayjoo, in conversation with writer, journalist and Arnolfini Writer in Residence, Melissa Chemam 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.

Shiraz Bayjoo will discuss working with archival imagery and histories of colonialism to produce his new edition of Stevenson’s classic novel.

The conversation will take us from the 18th Century colonial Caribbean, to the Indian Ocean, and to wider global histories of violence which shaped that period.

Mauritian artist, Shiraz Bayjoo, works with film, painting, photography, performance, and installation. His research-based practice explores the legacies of European Colonialisation, addressing cultural memory and challenging dominant narratives, with a focus on landscapes that have held slave histories and how this trauma continues to permeate in our lives.

Published as part of Four Corners Books distinguished Familiars series featuring artists’ responses to classic novels and short stories, Treasure Island will be available at the event for £20.

“Shiraz Bayjoo has created a thrilling visual interpretation of Treasure Island that sets Stevenson’s story within the context of 18th century Atlantic trade and colonial power. The result is timely, urgent and strikingly beautiful.” — Ekow Eshun. 

In partnership with Four Corners Books and Bristol Ideas.

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