Lubaina Himid

11 May – 30 September 2018

Lubaina Himid (b. 1954), is currently Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Making Histories Visible, an ongoing interdisciplinary research project based at the university, led by Himid, continues to be a sustained exploration of the contribution of black visual art to the cultural landscape.

As part of her Ground Floor exhibition at BALTIC, Himid will use the traditional patterns and motifs of East African Kanga flags combined with mottos to produce a major outdoor commission. The work will be presented in tandem with a weekly programme of free public events every Sunday, including performances and community happenings. Through this Himid seeks to collaborate with and give visibility to marginalised creative communities.

During the past 30 years Lubaina Himid has exhibited widely, both in Britain and internationally, most recently being awarded the Turner Prize in 2017. Himid’s exhibition for BALTIC will echo her outdoor commission, taking traditional Kanga patterns together with slogans and creating a shared environment where visitors are invited to rearrange the placement of the flags within the gallery space. The pattern and colour of Kanga cloth alongside its cultural significance remains a recurring motif throughout Himid’s work.

Himid’s work can be found in public collections including Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Whitworth Art gallery, Arts Council England, Manchester Art Gallery, The International Slavery Museum Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston.