Audrey Albert /// Introduction to the Chagossian Struggle

In this conversation, Léopold talks with Audrey Albert about the Chagossian struggle since the early 1960s deportation of the entire nation from its archipelago to make space for a British-owned, U.S. Air Force-leased military base. We discuss about the fight for reparations in Britain and Mauritius, the ambiguous outcome of the recent change of British citizenship legislation for Chagossians, the sovereignty claims of the Mauritian state, as well as the artist work Audrey has been undertaking around these questions.

Audrey Albert is a maker, artist and photographer. Her research-led practice enables her to consider and investigate themes of national identity, collective memory, displacement, tradition, and denial. Born in Mauritius with Chagossian origins, she studied Political Science with a specialisation in Media and Communication at the University of Mauritius from 2009 – 2013. Audrey is currently based in Manchester after studying photography at the Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) between 2015 – 2018.

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