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Turner Prize 2017: Lubaina Himid's win makes history

Sun Online Desk     6th December, 2017 11:41:41 printer

Turner Prize 2017: Lubaina Himid's win makes history

Himid's 1987 work A Fashionable Marriage was inspired by William Hogarth


Lubaina Himid has become the oldest winner of the Turner Prize, and the first black woman to pick up the art award.


The 63-year-old Zanzibar-born, Preston-based artist won the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.


She was named the winner at a ceremony in Hull, currently UK City of Culture.


Himid made her name in the 1980s as one of the leaders of the British black arts movement - both painting and curating exhibitions of similarly overlooked artists.


Her section of the Turner Prize exhibition in Hull contains work from the 1980s to today.


The centrepiece is 1987's A Fashionable Marriage, based on William Hogarth's Marriage a la Mode, which features a cast of cut-out characters including a flirting Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.


Himid has painted images of black slaves on some and aristocrats - some of whom are vomiting at the news of the abolition of slavery - on others.


She has also painted over parts of newspaper pages to show how they "used black people in a very subtle way which could be said to undermine their identity".


She is professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire and was made an MBE in 2010 for services to black women's art, reports BBC.