Turner Prize 2017 winner Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize 2017. She was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Lubaina Himid is 62 years old and lives and works in Preston.This turner prize artist studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art. Lubaina also completed her M.A in Cultural History at the Royal College of Art. Lubaina is a Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Lubaina Himid exhibited lots of solo exhibitions that helped her to win the Turner Prize. Her art exhibition include Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol, UK.
She also had the show called Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (both 2017). Her recent group exhibitions include The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2017); The 1980s Today’s Beginnings?, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Netherlands (2016); Keywords, Tate Liverpool, UK (2014); and Burning Down the House, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2014). Lubaina Himid was the director of the Elbow Room from 1986–1990, This artist curated exhibitions including Carte de Visite, Hollybush Gardens, London, UK (2015); The Thin Black Line, ICA, London, UK (1986); and Critical, Donald Rodney, Rochdale Art Gallery, Rochdale, UK (1989).
Lubaina Himid’s painting style in Turner Prize
Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations. Her works celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora. They are challenging institutional invisibility. She references the slave industry in Africa and its legacies, and she addresses the hidden and neglected cultural contribution which was made by real but forgotten people. In Naming the Money 2014, she introduced 100 cut-out life size figures.
This art figures depict Black servants and labourers who Himid individualises in her art. She gave each of them a name and story to work against the sense that they have no power. She often takes her paintings off the gallery wall and this work become objects that surround the viewer. Whether she worked on Guardian newspapers or directly onto porcelain tableware. Lubaina continually subjects painting to the material of everyday life for the black people in order to explore Black identity.
Lubaina Himid as Turner Prize artist
Lubaina Himid repeatedly tried to raise the historical role of portraiture, as in works such as A Fashionable Marriage 1987. She recently exhibited in The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary (2017). The art work was inspired by William Hogarth’s Marriage a la Mode 4 (The Countess’s Morning Levee) 1743. This art work features a brightly coloured stage set with a cast of characters taken from Hogarth’s morality tale.
Incorporating painting, drawing and collage on cut-outs, the installation relates its historical inspiration to our current climate change. It included contemporary newspaper headlines and images of Margaret Thatcher and the president of US Ronald Reagan. Himid’s art working approach takes aim at the politics for that time as well as its legacy today. Her idea works such as these, the artist appropriates and interrogates European painters. She also tried to combine aspects of her African heritage with the role of visual power.
Beside her artistic practice Himid has curated exhibitions to showcase underrepresented for the Black artists. As an artist and curator she organised and celebrated the role of Black artists and their contributions to contemporary art and society.