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Lubaina Himid, ‘Invisible Narratives’ – talks to acv about the colour of memory, past and present (video interview and full piece to follow…)

Lubaina Himid, ‘Invisible Narratives’ – talks to acv about the colour of memory, past and present (video interview and full piece to follow…)

Turner Prize winner talks to us about new work and curating exhibition in Cornwall…

LUBAINA HIMID is one of the foremost artists of her generation and became the first ever black woman to receive the Turner Prize – the UK’s leading artistic accolade.

Earlier this week, Himid spoke to at the Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange in Penzance, where her latest work is on display.

Sailesh Ram, Lubaina Himid, Magda Stawarska-Beavan in front of ‘Orianienburger Straße‘ (Stawarska-Beavan)

She has curated the exhibition there called, ‘Invisible Narratives’. Alongside her own work, she has selected Magda Stawarska-Beavan and Rebecca Chesney to also exhibit and all three artists explore themes of time, place, memory, seas, coasts and the idea and sense of what might be ‘home’ and possible ruptures there – through a range of mixed media, including sound installations and visual artworks.

We also talked to Stawarska- Beavan on camera about her work displayed there.

Himid was awarded a CBE last year and has recently been elected to the Royal Academy of Arts and is probably best known for the way she inserts people of colour into a collective British memory.

Too much of the time, the subjects (and victims) of British Colonialism have been erased from the country’s history.

Her art empowers and agitates at one level and reminds us all that we have a contribution to make, however small and insignificant that might seem – it isn’t.

ACV videographer Dean Anderson in front of Boulevard Anfa (Stawarska-Beavan)

We can add to a volume for change.

Himid also talks to acv, about her relationship with Zanzibar, the island just off the East African coast, where she was born but left with her mother when he was just four months old to come to Britain.

Graduating in theatre design, she first made work in the 1980s and her Turner Prize win in 2017 was the recognition of an artist at the height of her powers and a testament to an important body of work that resonates and pulses with a narrative that looks at Britain colonial’s history with a critical and powerful eye.

It was a wonderful opportunity to talk to an artist who brings a sense of deep engagement and perspective to current debates about memory and history and those who were left behind – and Britain’s place and idea of itself, past and present.

Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange were our very gracious hosts and the beauty of Cornwall should be captured on film for all to see. The gallery is split into two, and the Newlyn Art Gallery section is very close to the sea and the views from the café are stunning – well worth a visit, Himid or not…

The view from the
café at Newlyn Art Gallery (Newlyn, Penzance, )

Himid also told us about forthcoming work abroad…

Our video interview shot by Dean Anderson will be out later this week.

A piece about the trip and our interviews should also appear here about the same time as the video is published.

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Sailesh Ram (editor

‘Invisible Narratives’ from March 23-June 15
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, New Road, Newlyn TR18 5PZ.
Tel: 01736363715
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