Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Joy Yamusangie, London (@joyyamusangie)
Title of work: Trumpet!
Where to see it: NOW Gallery, London (March 24 – June 5)
Three words to describe it: Jazz, gender, and performance.
What was on your mind at the time: I was imagining a jazz club and the trumpeter playing so loud that they commanded the attention of the whole room.
An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: The outfit was inspired by the Sapeuse [a name for stylish dressers in the Congo]. I also wanted it to feel like a flag through its composition and limited color palette.
How it reflects your practice as a whole: My work is always personal, it’s a reflection of who I am. Many of the characters are depictions of myself and often themes of race and gender particularly trans masculine identity are recurring. With this piece it is just that, imagining myself as part of the band, suited and making a noise louder than my voice ever could.
One song that captures its essence: We’ve Landed by Tony Allen and Masekela.