TORCH congratulates artist Lubaina Himid on winning this year's Turner Prize. Lubaina is a pioneer of the British Black Arts Movement and her work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history.
As part of TORCH's Gaps Between installation, Lubaina was featured outside Modern Art Oxford where she held her first major survey exhibition 'Invisible Strategies'. Invisible Strategies brought together a wide range of Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper.
She said “I used painting to fill in the gaps in the history of British painting but also to tell a story of the slave trade, and to show that black women were engaged in strategies of how to deal with that… In all our lives the political drama absolutely crashes and collides into one’s everyday. But I’m hoping my everyday – my work as a teacher or my works as an artist – can have some effect on the politics. I think these are dangerous times although there are always invisible strategies that we can put into place.”
To read more about the Gaps Between, click here.
Photo: Lubaina Himid, Invisible Strategies, at Modern Art Oxford, Photo by Edmund Blok, 2017.