Joy Labinjo is a recent fine art graduate and the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Woon Art Prize. Her work draws on her British-Nigerian heritage and examines the complex relationship between identity, race and culture. In 2018, 6 months after graduating, she opened her first solo show ‘Belonging’ at Morley Gallery in London, as part of a programme that aims to challenge the status quo, encouraging reflection and debate on increasingly complex times. In ‘Belonging’, she invites the viewer to step into large-scale canvases saturated with colours, patterns and people, reconfigured from her family photograph albums.
“It feels absolutely amazing to be having my first solo show,” says Joy. “I didn't think it would be possible for me to be an artist, let alone have a solo show only six months or so after graduating. I was over the moon when Morley Gallery got in touch. I know that I've been quite lucky with my situation which makes me appreciate the support I've received so much more.”