Activity: Talk or presentation types › Community engagement, including convening focus/advisory groups
Krishna Luchoomun is one of the foremost artists of Mauritius. He came to Bristol from 12th-19th October as a visiting artist, co-sponsored by Black* Artists on the Move and the Philosophy Department (University of Bristol). While at University of Bristol he also gave a well-attended and fascinating lecture about his work overall. His residency was hosted by Dr Joanna Burch-Brown, who is a lecturer in the Philosophy Department and a co-founder of the Centre for Black Humanities.
Luchoomun's installation outside the Philosophy Department in Bristol was a powerful, emotional reflection on the brutality involved in the exiling of Chagossians from the island of Diego Garcia. Many British people are unaware of this recent history, despite the fact that Britain is currently facing a court case in the UN's International Court of Justice. This court case is examining whether Britain broke international law by separating the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The fate of Diego Garcia is connected to larger global histories of colonialism and contemporary military power. The US is thought to have transferred terror suspects to the island of Diego Garcia, possibly for interrogation; and many air strikes in the Iraq war were carried out from Diego Garcia. Luchoomun sought to raise awareness and support for Chagossians seeking to return to Diego Garcia, whose court case with the UN International Court of Justice is due to conclude in the near future.