The Georges Mora Fellowship Board is proud to announce that Shivanjani Lal has been awarded the 2020 Georges Mora Fellowship, including a $10,000 grant. A panel of judges including Annika Kristensen (Senior Curator, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), Melissa Keys (Curator Buxton Contemporary) and Simon Maidement (Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria), were impressed by Lal’s proposed project, An Area of Darkness.
Over the next year, Lal will be building on her current research into Indentured Labour of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. This research considers 2020 as a date which marks the centenary of the end of indentured labour. This historical moment is the crux of Lal’s research and what she hopes to reflect upon in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh. She will be using this award to support her time in the UK visiting the Ameena Gafoor Institute, and the Goldsmiths Film Archives. During this time she will also be mentored by Mauritian British artist Shiraz Bayjoo. In conclusion she will do a residency at the Bengal Art Foundation, in Dhaka Bangladesh.
The Georges Mora fellowship provides security as I work towards ambitious and timely research. It will enable me to develop new networks in the United Kingdom as well as nurture and continue my relationships within the Bangladesh Arts Sector. It allows me to feel confident in my arts practice and its future.
Shivanjani Lal, August 2020.
Chairman of the Georges Mora Fellowship Board, Clive Scott, said: In these strange times we are delighted that we can continue to support Shivanjani Lal as our 2020 Fellow. Her practice exemplifies Georges Mora’s desire to assist artists that push the boundaries in contemporary art – showing us new thinking.