Reference publication dedicated to the practice of Lubaina Himid, one of the leading figures of British Black Art since the 1980s.
Over four decades, Lubaina Himid's powerful and poetic work has made her an influential figure in contemporary art - from her pivotal role in the British Black arts movement of the 1980s to winning the Turner Prize in 2017. Throughout her career, Himid has explored and expanded the possibilities of painting and storytelling, drawing attention to invisible aspects of history and the extraordinary moments of everyday life.
This book offers new essays and conversations about her work as well as writings by the artist on various themes of inspiration, ranging from theatre design and opera, women's creativity, architecture, clothing, textile pattern, sound and collaboration, to processes in the studio. Drawing from her work as an artist and cultural activist, these stimulating texts offer encouragement to consider the decisions that shape the lives we lead.
Published on the occasion of Lubaina Himid's exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, and Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne/Plateforme 10, in 2021-2022.
Lubaina Himid (born 1954 in Zanzibar) is a British painter who has dedicated her career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions.
Initially trained in theatre design, Himid is known for her innovative approaches to painting and to social engagement. She has been pivotal in the UK since the 1980s for her contributions to the British Black Art movement, making space for the expression and recognition of Black experience and women's creativity. She has earned international recognition for her figurative paintings, which explore overlooked and invisible aspects of history and of contemporary everyday life. In 2017 she was awarded the Turner Prize and in 2018 she was bestowed with the honorary title of CBE for her contributions to the arts.