The British artist Lubaina Himid is an influential figure in contemporary art, from her central role in the British Black Art movement of the 1980s to her winning the 2017 Turner Prize. Throughout her career, she has unceasingly sought to explore painting’s many possibilities and question the narratives the medium conveys, drawing our attention to the deliberately concealed aspects of history as well as the extraordinary moments of daily life.
The exhibition, initially conceived by Tate Modern in London, has been entirely redesigned for the MCBA, in close collaboration with the artist. Featuring brightly colored paintings, monumental installations, and sound environments, the exhibition unfolds along several narrative threads that address question of places and their history, historical memory and its resurgence in the present, and the transmission of certain stories through color, motifs, and sound. The exhibition galleries are set up like a series of scenes in a play in which visitors are active participants, while the rooms are punctuated with phrases inviting visitors to join in a dialogue with the works on display.
Michael Wellen, Curator, International Art, Tate Modern.
Nicole Schweizer, Curator of contemporary art, MCBA.