Turner Prize 2017 victor: Lubaina Himid wins prestigious award

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She was born in Zanzibar in 1954 and is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston.

Lubaina Himid has won this year's £25,000 Turner Prize, with a range of works reflecting the black experience in Britain, dominated by The Fashionable Marriage, an uproarious tableau of collaged, life-size figures parodying Hogarth's iconic series Marriage a la Mode.

Himid competed for the prize against three other artists, namely Rosalind Nashashibi, Andrea Büttner and Hurvin Anderson.

Lubaina Himid has been named the victor of the UK's prestigious Turner Prize, making history as both the oldest artist to receive the award as well as the first African woman to do so.


Nashashibi, 43, had two films on show in Hull. A further £5,000 is awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists.

The works of all four shortlisted artists are on display at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the former industrial city which is now a City of Culture.

Alongside Mr. Farquharson, the members of this year's jury were Dan Fox, writer and co-editor of Frieze; Martin Herbert, art critic; Mason Leaver-Yap, associate curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin; and Emily Pethick, director of the Showroom gallery in London. The 2017 nominees' work is now on view at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, England, where the victor was announced in a ceremony this evening.

The panel praised all four nominees for their "socially engaged and visually imaginative" work, according to a Tate statement.


Founded in 1984, the annual Turner Prize is regarded as the UK's most important art award. The enthusiasm has been incredible and everyone is talking about it, which demonstrates people's intrigue and appetite for contemporary art. Visitors are embracing the show and also enjoying the gallery's strong permanent collection. While best known as a filmmaker, she's also known as painter, her most popular piece being 2015's "Electrical Gaza".

For projects including solo exhibitions Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford and Navigation Charts at Spike Island in Bristol, as well as her participation in the group exhibition The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary.

Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility. Maybe 15 years worth of painting if I work it at it?


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