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Joy Labinjo




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Saturday, 6 July 2024 to Sunday, 29 September 2024
Friday, 5 July 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

For Southwark Park Galleries’ 40th anniversary programme, British-Nigerian painter Joy Labinjo will present a new body of work that celebrates our local community in her largest London institutional exhibition to date. Taking scenes from Southwark Park and the Bermondsey area as a starting point, the works will flow and develop from Labinjo’s visits to the park and how she saw people spending time there. Sourced from a combination of taken and found imagery, the paintings rely on the sense of the familiar and the hope that a wide range of people will see themselves in the works, feeling welcome to spend time with them.

Labinjo often depicts intimate moments, both real and imagined, and often based on figures appearing in family photographs, found images and historical or archival material. In the past, she has explored themes such as identity, political voice, power, Blackness, race, history, community and family and their role in contemporary experience. Her distinctive painting style presents fresh and arresting compositions of colour, pattern and motifs. Fundamentally at the heart of Labinjo’s practice is a bold interest in storytelling and, ultimately, people’s lives.

Commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries, London, and generously supported by Arts Council England, Tiwani Contemporary, London, and OMNI.

Artist ( Description ): 

Joy Labinjo is a London based painter, who was awarded the Woon Art Prize in 2017. Her acclaimed commission for the Brixton Underground Station in London, UK, 5 more minutes, was on view throughout November 2022. Recent exhibitions include:  The Body Electric, Larsen Warner Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (group – 2024); Beloved, Take What You Need, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (solo – 2023); Real Families, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK (group – 2023);  A Bout Des Mes Rêves,Vanhaerents Collection at Tripostale, Lille, UK (group – 2023); Africa Supernova, Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort, Netherlands (group – 2023); Zeitz MOCAA, South Africa (group – 2022); Women’s Art Collection, Cambridge, UK (group -2022); Ode to Olaudah Equiano, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, UK (solo – 2022), Full Ground, Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos, Nigeria (2022).

Venue ( Address ): 

1 Park Approach

Southwark Park


SE16 2UA

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