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Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money

Walker Art Gallery & Arts Council Collection

Time & Date: Saturday 7th October to Sunday 18th March

A powerful new exhibition by 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid MBE, Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money features works selected by Lubaina from the Arts Council Collection, along with 20 figures from her major installation, Naming the Money. 

The pieces selected by Lubaina are all by women artists, and  occupy one room within the gallery. At the centre of this display is her 1987 series of watercolour drawings, ‘Scenes from the life of Toussaint L’Overture’, about the former slave who led the Haitian revolution. 

The full installation Naming the Money was gifted by the artist to the International Slavery Museum. It addresses how Europe’s wealthy classes spent their money and flaunted their power in the 18th and 19th centuries, by using enslaved African men and women. The highly individual sculptural figures, each with their own profession and life-story, demonstrate how enslavement was disguised and glamorised. Visitors to the Walker will find groups of these figures positioned around the gallery in configurations determined by the artist.

Lubaina Himid was awarded the Turner Prize in 2017 and become the first black female artist to have won.

(Image credit: Lubaina Himid - Naming the Money, 2004. Courtesy the artist, Hollybush Gardens and National Museums Liverpool: International Slavery Museum. Image courtesy of Stuart Whipps (photographer) and Spike Island)


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