Artist Statement

My work aspires to articulate languages of decoloniality through inter-textual and inter-textural artistic practices. I am interested in ancestral loss, as the loss of bodies, histories, cultures, languages, genders, knowledge systems, spiritual practices… the loss of all that was sacred for Slaves and Indentured labour who were forcibly scattered across oceans. My work is concerned with the trauma of displacement, the haunting of ocean journeys, and the imperative to re-imagine languages of the self in order to heal.

My research explores loss, memory, pain, resilience and resistance to reclaim and enunciate precolonial subjectivities in contemporary contexts. Using the body, language, textiles, water-colour, and working across live performance, spoken word, installations and photography, I speak multiple aesthetic and political voices that center decolonial poetics. The body of my work is developed through inter-media practice across multi-year, archival and community-engaged research: the decolonial utterance emerges within the work itself, and beyond the work, at the interstices where distinct artistic disciplines and research methods border each other.

I re-figure my own body in my work: Black/Brown, transgender, migrant, feminine, historically displaced. I travel across genders, oceans and temporalities: as a trans woman, as a Mauritian who migrated to India, and then to Canada, and as the great-grandchild of Slaves and Indentured labour displaced from East-Africa and South-Asia. Through inter-disciplinary practices, I cultivate multi-layered languages that speak of personal and ancestral experiences, providing a kaleidoscopic view of my multiple subjectivities as they relate to space, time, history and kinship.

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