Shade Podcast with Lou Mensah

posted on: 30 March 2024

I joined Lou Mensah on Shade Podcast this February to discuss the themes of process and practice throughout my career and both my current commission with Art on the Underground and upcoming show at the Whitechapel Gallery.

‘In June, Art on the Underground will unveil a new series of Joy’s artworks at Heathrow Terminal 4 Underground station – envisaging Heathrow as a portal of entry and exit. I spoke with Joy in February, as she embarked on her partnership with Hillingdon-based charity Refugees in Effective and Active Partnership (REAP) facilitating a series of photographic workshops with asylum seekers living in hotels in the Heathrow area, as well as a community group for Afghan women in Hayes and Harlington. These workshops will inform the creation of her artwork for Heathrow Terminal 4, giving space to the stories of newly arrived Londoners, displaced people whose realities are increasingly maligned and misrepresented.

The work will offer an indelible trace of the cultures, languages and hopes which coalesce in London. In the Autumn of 2025, Whitechapel Gallery will stage Joy’s first monographic exhibition, surveying a four-decade practice.’