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How Do You Reimagine a Classic? Shiraz Bayjoo

Festival of Ideas
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.

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Join us to celebrate the release of Shiraz Bayjoo's beautiful illustrated edition of Treasure Island.

In conversation with Melissa Chemam (writer, journalist and Arnolfini Writer in Residence), Shiraz Bayjoo discusses working with archival imagery and histories of colonialism to produce his new edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel.

Their conversation will take us from the eighteenth-century colonial Caribbean, to the Indian Ocean, and to wider global histories of violence which shaped that period.

‘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

This Arnolfini event is in partnership with Bristol Ideas and Four Corners Books.

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Treasure Island book cover

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

Shiraz Bayjoo

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.

Melissa Chemam is a writer, broadcaster, cultural journalist, former foreign correspondent, researcher, lecturer and author. She is currently Writer in Residence at Arnolfini. She works and writes mainly on multiculturalism, post-colonial issues, East-West and North-South relations, art and music. She has been an associate lecturer in journalism at UWE Bristol since October 2019 and a senior lecturer since June 2021.

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