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Joy Labinjo

Tiwani Contemporary, London (H9)

Bringing a suite of new, previously unseen paintings, in a vibrant and playful setting, Joy Labinjo (b. 1994, Dagenham) adorns the gallery’s booth with a wallpaper inspired by her paintings, denoting her interest in architectural features, decorative patterns and the domestic space of black lives.  

Joy Labinjo’s large-scale paintings depict intimate, contemporary scenes of family life: a group of people casually lying down on a sofa and chatting after a family gathering, a child and his grandmother posing together in front of the camera, or stolen moments before the official wedding portrait. Her work expands on her British-Nigerian heritage and explores the relationship between belonging, identity and culture.