Joy Labinjo’s large-scale paintings depict intimate scenes of historical and contemporary life, both real and imagined.

They are often based on figures appearing in personal and archival imagery that includes family portraits, found photography and historical material. Fundamentally, at the heart of her practice is a bold interest in storytelling and exploring people’s lives.

Her work explores themes including identity, political voice, power, Blackness, race, history, community and family and their role in contemporary experience.

For Chapter, Labinjo is presenting new works that are inspired by history and historical archives and foreground her desire to confront the notion that Black people arrived in Britain with the Windrush generation.

Following on from a body of work developed in 2020 in which Labinjo looked to Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1843-1880), and other unnamed black Edwardians, she began reading David Olusoga’s Black and British: A Forgotten History and learned of Olaudah Equiano and his memoir The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. This book­ – one of the first in Europe by a Black African writer ­– and the remarkable story of his life, became the starting point for this exhibition.

Chapter

Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

02920 304400

Website

Opening times

Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
10% off food and drink in our Caffi Bar on production of a valid National Art Pass
Valid until December 2022

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top