Photography by Colin Davison, 2017

Photography by Colin Davison, 2017

Using a recently rediscovered family photo album as source material, Labinjo depicts intimate scenes of family life: stolen moments before a wedding, an afternoon with an elderly relative, mischievous cousins posing for the camera. Her paintings expand on her British-Nigerian heritage and map a constellation of places and people which extend across generations and geographies, evoking the fashion, hairstyles and interiors of yesteryear and places such as Essex and Lagos, which played an important role in the artist's upbringing.

Piecing the photographs from her family archive together according to vibrant colours, patterns and poses, Labinjo rearranges them into collages, which in turn inspire the compositions of her paintings. Exploring multiple modes of representation including abstraction, naturalism; and graphic patterns inspired by Ankara print designs, Labinjo’s eclectic visual vocabulary and mixed technique (she uses household paint, acrylic and oil) echo her experience of multiple identities - growing up Black, British, Nigerian in the 90s and early 00s.