Born 1947, Chagos Islands
Lives and works between Mauritius and UK
Clement Siatous was born on the Chagos Islands, a small isolated archipelago in the Indian Ocean. He spent most of his childhood on the island of Diego Garcia until the entire population were forcibly evicted by the British Government to make way for a US naval base in 1973.
The UK Government was responsible for creating a fiction that a permanent population never existed. This claim was made easier to uphold due to sparse photographic documentation that until recently mainly existed in dispersed military and government archives. In direct response to the continued political denial and displacement, Siatous renders a counterpoint to this official record. llustrating a comprehensive chronicle of life on the islands, each painting becomes a political act confronting the governments that evicted him. Through his own personal journey of recollection, Siatous issues a defiant rebellion.
2017 Clement Siatous, Port Louis, Mauritius (Forthcoming)
2016 The Chagos Embassy of Puerto Rico, Embajada, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Future Nature, Jack Hanley, New York
2015 Sagren, Simon Preston Gallery, New York, NY
2017 BonZour. “Clement Siatous: dessine-moi les Chagos.” lexpress.mu, June 28.
2016 “The Chagos Embassy” at Embajada.” Contemporary Art Daily, 20 March.
Carla Acevedo-Yates. “Poly/Graphic Triennial: Latin America and the Caribbean.” Art Agenda, February 9.
2015 Joshua Mack. “Clement Siatous Sagren.” ArtReview, December.
Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith. “The Best in Art of 2015.” The New York Times, December 9.
Jace Clayton. “Clement Siatous.” Frieze, issue 175, November-December.
Sara Christoph. “Sagren.” The Brooklyn Rail, 5 November.
Roberta Smith. “Museum & Gallery Listings for Oct.16-23, 2015.” The New York Times, October 15.
Annabelle de Gersigny. “A conversation with Clement Siatous and Paula Naughton.” OCULA, October 5.
Joseph Underwood. “Memory, between nostalgia and archive: A review of Clement Siatous’ ‘Sagren’ exhibition.” Africa is a Country, October 5.
Blake Gopnik. “At Simon Preston, Clement Siatous’s Self-taught Conceptualism.” Artnet news, 17 September.
Christophe Karghoo. 5-Plus Dimanche, September 15.
2008 Member of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (MSK)