Posts in Conversation
When the Painterly meets the Political

Working with a nexus of concepts – identity, cultural connection, vernacular culture and nationhood - Shiraz Bayjoo explores personal and public archives to expose hidden or marginalized stories in order to interrogate and challenge dominant narratives. Here, in conversation with Denise Clarke, he discusses the role of contemporary art biennials, the importance of stepping into “the real world” and the processes his work goes through as he builds up his own aesthetics of place.

Image: Series En Famille, 2015 - Courtesy of the Artist

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Soufiane Ababri in conversation with Cécile Bourne-Farrell

On the eve of his exhibition Here is a Strange and Bitter Crop at Space Gallery in London, curator Cécile Bourne-Farrell spoke to artist Soufiane Ababri about the issues motivating his work. Engaging with subjects as wide-ranging as the global banana trade to football, Ababri tackles issues of social injustice, colonial exploitation and the history of representation. Mobilising the words of Malcolm X and A Strange and Bitter Fruit - Billie Halliday’s plangent anthem to racial injustice - Ababri aims to dislodge tropes, give voice to marginalised peoples thus positioning his art as a vessel for potential change.

Arts Cabinet is very grateful to Something We Africans Got for co-sharing the publication of this conversation.

Image: Peuples Erotiques, Peuples Exotiques, 2017 - Soufiane Ababri

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