Birthday Party on the Green
Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre
Joy Labinjo has created a permanent large-scale public mural Birthday Party on the Green in Dagenham Heathway Shopping Centre. As part of the Becontree Estate Centenary 2021, Labinjo collected photographs of people, homes and celebrations taken on the estate between 1921 to 2021 to inspire the mural.
Joy Labinjo’s vibrant large-scale paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary life, capturing the everyday and the domestic. Her compositions feature portraits of family members, friends and people she has discovered in family albums, which are coalesced with found backgrounds. Her compositions are composed according to vibrant colours, patterns and poses, thus, whether they depict scenes from the private space of a household room or the public interior of a bus, she creates seemingly familiar situations which are actually imagined.
Commissioned by Create London, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.