Lubaina Himid

°1954, Zanzibar – lives and works in Preston (UK)

Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long 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 when she was a central figure of the British Black Arts Movement. This artistic movement demanded more visibility and recognition for Black artists and Black identity more broadly.

Commitment to this movement has informed Himid’s practice ever since: her paintings, collages, drawings, and textile works address the invisibility of Black people—and especially of Black women—in Western culture. Her work challenges recorded history and questions power relations, often by celebrating the people who find themselves at the margins. Himid’s work is concerned with the question of belonging. How and when does one belong to a community, and how is this reflected in a given community’s ‘official’ culture? What are the stories we tell about our national treasures? And who and what is left out?

Lubaina Himid
Photo by Joshua Monaghan – courtesy of House & Garden

Significant solo exhibitions include Tate Modern, London; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; CAPC Bordeaux; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Modern Art Oxford; Tate Britain, London; and New Museum, New York.

Significant group exhibitions include Wiels, Brussels; The High Line, New York; Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE; Berlin Biennale; Nottingham Contemporary; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea. Her work is held in various museum and public collections, including Tate; British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. Lubaina Himid was the winner of the Turner Prize in 2017.

Lubaina Himid is represented by the following gallery;
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Hollybush Gardens, London

 

works by Lubaina Himid

Graham Little - Untitled (silk)	2022

Lubaina Himid

The Thin Black Line

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