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The Turner Prize 2017 - Lubaina Himid

Updated: Oct 10, 2018


This year’s Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid created a rather compelling exhibition at The Ferens Gallery in Hull from September 2017 surrounds themes of race and black identity, in particular celebrating the creativity of black people. One of the particular race issues she highlights in her work is how black people are portrayed in the media. Her exhibition contained a variety of pieces including a large selection of delft pottery on which she had painted images which celebrated black culture. Himids exhibition also contained paintings on canvas, pieces of newsprint which had been painted on and the centre piece of the exhibition was an installation of a variety of painted figures painted on wooden board and arranged to incorporate sculpture. Although Himids subject matter is current day race politics she is heavily influenced by the work of William Hogarth and his representation of the slave trade in the eighteenth century. Her paintings on traditional porcelain pieces was her attempt at showing the erasure of black people in British culture throughout the past two centuries. Himid uses a variety of materials in her central piece uses a wide variety of materials including several different types of wood along with acrylic paint, newspaper and rubber gloves. The piece also contains plastic dinner plates along with glue), paper, tissue, foil, wicker baskets, selection of books, cardboard, canvas and charcoal. Although Himid was inspired by Hogarth’s work as a whole the most influential piece on Himids own work is The Countess’s Morning Levee painted in 1743 which is one of the few pieces of historical art from the period which wasn’t predominantly white washed.

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