Joy Labinjo's recent large-scale paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary family life. Taking inspiration from family photographs, she transcribes her personal imagery into a bright and vibrant composition of colour and patterns. Having grown up in the UK with British-Nigerian heritage, she questions our idea of belonging and notion of identity, inviting us to rethink them as fluid constructions taking into consideration past and present, personal and collective subjectivities.
For her exhibition at Bloc Projects, Labinjo is developing an entirely new body of work that pushes her practice as a painter into new territories, while continuing to pursue recurring themes of identity, the complexity of familial relationships, and what it means to immortalise characters through the application of paint.
The exhibition will provide a starting point to consider current and very pressing conversations around identity, people's perception of others and how our collective experiences bring us together or push us apart.
A public programme of events will accompany the exhibition and will be announced shortly.
Friday 5 April, 6-8pm