Joy Gregory is a photographer working with a wide range of media from video, digital and analogue photography to Victorian print processes. By exploring social and political issues related to race, gender and identity from a historical point of view, Gregory seeks to understand how cultural difference affects contemporary society, describing her work as rooted in the concepts of 'truth and beauty'. These views seem to be less concerned with theoretical approaches and more with personal connections with objects and people.
In The Handbag Project, 1998 to present, she explores the significance of objects that became emblems of power and wealth during the apartheid regime in South Africa. Handbags, purses and gloves found in second-hand markets in Johannesburg are portrayed to reveal the privileged situation of their female owners; becoming symbols of racial discrimination.
Joy Gregory was born in Oxfordshire and lives and works in London. She is a graduate of Manchester Polytechnic and The Royal College of Art. In 2006 she was awarded a NESTA grant Shows include The Blonde Collection, LCC Gallery, London (2008), On Beauty, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (2007), Accessory, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham (2005) and Language of Flowers Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London (2004). Her work is featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia and Yale University, New Haven.
About Kuona Trust
Kuona Trust is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1995 presenting a programme of workshops, residencies and studios for Kenyan artists. Since 1998 their residency programme has connected artists from Nairobi with their peers from Taiwan, Egypt, Jamaica, Ghana, South Africa and India. Through Wasanii, their yearly international artists workshop, Kuona has developed strong connections with artists within the African continent. As part of Triangle they have also been a channel through which Kenyan artists have participated in several international projects abroad. In December 2008 Kuona moved to its present location in Hurlingham, in the centre of Nairobi, offering better public access to its facilities including a library and artists studios.