Friday, 15 December, 2017

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Award for Contemporary Art

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The Turner Prize award money is 40,000 pounds ($54,000), with 25,000 pounds going to the victor and 5,000 pounds each for the other short-listed artists. In 2017 Himid had solo shows at Modern Art Oxford and Spike Island in Bristol and participated in Nottingham Contemporary's The Place is Here survey of 1980s black artists.

Artist Lubaina Himid, 63, was awarded the Turner Prize, becoming the oldest victor and first black woman to win the coveted art award. The others shortlisted were Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi.

The jury commended the nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work. Himid was praised for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

"I won it for all the times where we put our heads above the parapet, we tried to do things, we failed, people died in the meantime ... for all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted ... it feels good for that reason", Himid said.

Alongside her artistic practice Himid has curated exhibitions to showcase underrepresented Black artists. The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment.

Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility.

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THE TURNER Prize 2017 has been awarded to Lubaina Himid, it was announced yesterday evening at a ceremony in Hull Minster, in partnership with Tate and Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art.

"Now that its reputation is so firmly established, we want to acknowledge the fact that artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any age".

The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.

Himid is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. The exhibition has proved one of the most popular in Turner Prize history, attracting 90,000 visitors to date.

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