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
Mauritian artist, Shiraz Bayjoo, 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.
He has created a new artist’s book in response to Treasure Island. Presented alongside Stevenson’s text, Bayjoo’s images take us from the ports of England to landscapes scarred by plantations and mines. From the brutality of the 18th Century colonial Caribbean, to the Indian Ocean, and to wider global histories of slavery, colonialism and violence which shaped that period.
Treasure Island has been designed by Familiars series designer John Morgan. It is a beautiful clothbound hardback, on uncoated paper with colour images throughout.