Making Ground Artist Statements
Shiraz Bayjoo and Shivanjani Lal, Nadi, 2021
single-channel video and sound: 4.35 min
Nadi, meaning river, is a collaborative work by Shiraz Bayjoo and Shivanjani Lal. Shot on the Meghna River in Bangladesh and edited in London, with audio translated and read by their mothers: Arzmand Bayjoo, and Shakuntala Lal in Mauritian Creole and Fijian Hindi. Nadi is a site of both departure and return for these artists, as it explores their shared histories of indenture, language as a site of resilience and the movement of bodies both in the past as well as in the now.
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CONSTANCE acknowledges and respects the Palawa people as the traditional and ongoing owners and custodians of lutruwita. We pay our respects to elders past, present and future, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.