MAURITIUS, 2015, 16MM>DIGITAL, 32 MIN
KREOL MORISYEN, BHOJPURI, HINDI, URDU, FRENCH, ENGLISH
Ile de France is a non-narrative film focusing on Mauritius’ landscape, architecture, and the details of objects tracing its colonial history and multicultural social fabric. Using a painterly approach to the moving image, Bayjoo invites us on a lyrical journey through the island, with details of the rugged coastal landscape encountered by early Dutch colonizers, maroon forests, and the timber houses of French planters and Arab merchants. The film offers a tapestry of histories that unfold like the roots of the banyan tree, highlighting the complexity of the creolization of people, languages, and environments.
Shiraz Bayjoo's practice explores the socio-political and historical conditions integral to Mauritian cultural identity and the wider Indian Ocean region. Working with vernacular histories, critical texts, public collections, and archives that culminate in a multidisciplinary practice, Bayjoo’s works consider the language of race, decolonization, and the entangled legacies of European colonialism.