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Nigerian artist’s Windrush work displayed in Brixton station

ART IMITATING LIFE: Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Windrush-inspired mural on display at Brixton underground station (Image: TFL)

NIGERIAN-BORN artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s Windrush-inspired mural is currently being displayed Brixton underground station as part of a new programme of public art.

The artwork greets commuters as they make their way down the stairs at the busy south London tube station.

Remain, Thriving is a visual representation of three generations of a fictional Windrush family pictured in the room of a Brixton home.

Akunyili Crosby said: “For me, this work is for people who grew up in Brixton. I want the past to have a place in the present in this work: the work is very much about the present but the past is so alive in it.”

In a statement, TFL said: “The artist collated contemporary and archival images of Brixton to use in her final artwork, and the transferred images in the background of Remain, Thriving echo the heavily patterned wallpaper of a previous era. Through the use of photo-collage, Akunyili Crosby’s layered images of social gatherings are also complex reflections on history, community and politics, much like the original Brixton murals.”

The style of the eye-catching mural was inspired by those created in Brixton during the 1980s.

To create the work, Akunyili Crosby spent time conducting research which involved engaging in conversations with longstanding members from the local community and others such as public historian Kelly Foster from the Brixton-based Black Cultural Archives.

The collaboration with TFL is part of the Art on the Underground series. The painting, which has been on display since September 20, will remain on display for six months.

Akunyili Crosby display is the first commission in a new programme at Brixton station.

Akunyili Crosby lives in the Los Angeles and has had her work displayed at various art institutions around the world including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Tate and as part of the “Michael Jackson: On the Wall” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Her work tends to focus on interiors and what are apparently everyday scenes and social gatherings.

One of Akunyili Crosby’s paintings recently sold for $3 million dollars at an auction at Christie’s in London.

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