Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize for 'uncompromising' approach to race relations
Nellie Chapman | 06 December, 2017, 23:41

The award-winning, whose name has been announced on night of this Tuesday in course of a gala in Hull (north-east England), will receive a endowment of 25,000 pounds (about 28,500 euros) and all annealing of one of most important prizes of world of art.

Lubaina Himid, 63, on Tuesday became the oldest victor of the Turner Prize, Britain's most prestigious yet controversial visual art award, for her works celebrating black creativity.

At its 63 years, Lubaina Himid surpasses in more than a decade limit of age that Turner imposed on 1991 (seven years after its creation) but that in this edition it has made a decision to eliminate.

Speaking about the age limit being increased before the victor was announced Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain and chairman of the jury, said: "The Turner Prize has always championed emerging artists - it has never been a prize for long service but for a memorable presentation of work in that year".

African-born, Lancashire-based Himid was praise by judges for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today". They admire her expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre.

Himid competed for the prize against three other artists, namely Rosalind Nashashibi, Andrea Büttner and Hurvin Anderson. The jury also acknowledged her role as an influential curator and educator who continues to speak urgently to the moment.

Since the 1980s, Himid has focused on a range of subjects related to race, from matters of the African diaspora to the visibility of black artists in museums.

Accepting her prize, Himid began by thanking the people of Hull, saying: "First of all to the people who stopped me to wish well". Her paintings, prints, drawings, and installations are now in the collections of Tate, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Leeds City Museum, among other institutions. Established in 1984 by the Patrons of New Art, it is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the twelve months preceding 24 April 2017.

Lubaina Himid's career as an artist, curator and scholar has been central to rethinking the Western canon of art history and museological practices over the past 30 years. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid's consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style.