Born in Mauritius and of Chagossian descent, Audrey looks at Chagossian culture and history through food, music, objects and souvenirs. Her research-led practice enables her to reflect on and investigate themes of national identity, tradition, and denial. Audrey first studied political science with a specialisation in media and communication at the University of Mauritius from 2009 to 2013, then photography at Manchester Metropolitan University from 2015 to 2018. Audrey is now based in Manchester. The works from her series “Matter out of place”, are about hidden truths, concealment and forced displacement. The series sheds a light on a shameful and unfair page of Mauritian and British history, in which the Chagos Archipelago’s entire population was forcefully displaced from its homeland due to political agendas between 1968 and 1973. It seeks to draw attention to the aftermath of colonialism and the struggles of the Chagossian community. The works consist of a sequence of photos and poems, narratives built around specific artefacts and the Chagos Archipelago as an invisible location. They draw upon concepts of home and of representation – on the artist’s own constructed narrative about the Chagos and ‘stereotyped’ representations of the islanders’ homeland.
- Audrey Albert
Balye Coco, 2018
In studio, self performing image, printed on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper [1/1]
42 x 30 cm