Joy Miessi – Artist Talk

‘Do You Know Your Middle?’ opening

Artist In Conversation: Amrita Dhallu with Joy Miessi

17TH JULY 2018 6:30PM – 9:30PM

For this event Joy will be in converation with friend and independent curator Amrita Dhallu to discuss her practice and the new collection of work presented in the exhibition.

Do You Know Your Middle? is Joy Miessi’s first solo exhibition of 2018, featuring new mixed media works by the artist. The title references a phrase repeated by the artist’s mother from a young age, as she would part and braid Miessi’s hair. Archiving routines and cultural practices such as these through the pieces, Miessi’s work exists to preserve memories from formative years. Each piece documents and retells moments, creating a permanence to past experiences from Miessi’s life.


Joy Miessi is an artist based in London. Joy translates moments, conversations, feelings and intimate thoughts into visual pieces for reflection. Inspired by shop fronts in Kinshasa to punk posters in Camden, Joy Miessi takes inspiration from everyday life. Sociopolitical themes are reoccurring in Joy’s present work and are translated through abstract shapes, figures and writing.

Amrita Dhallu is a curator working across London and Birmingham. She currently holds the post of Curatorial Assistant: Commissions at Chisenhale Gallery, London. Her work focuses on providing support structures for emerging British artists of Black and Asian descent, through commissioning, creating networks and establishing intergenerational learning spaces. Her current research looks at radically positioning care and wellbeing within formal arts education in order for artists to re-think ways of professional development.