Exhibition tour: Lubaina Himid, led by Libita Clayton
Saturday 25 February 2017, 2pm
Libita Clayton leads a tour of the exhibition responding to the influence of theatre and performance on Lubaina Himid’s work.
Free, booking advised
About the exhibition
Lubaina Himid Navigation Charts (20 January to 26 March 2017)
Lubaina Himid was a pioneer of the Black Arts Movement in Britain in the 1980s, which offered a forum for black artists exploring the social and political issues surrounding black history and identity.
Spike Island’s exhibition — a collaboration with Modern Art Oxford and Nottingham Contemporary — focuses on migration, labour and creativity, longstanding concerns for Himid. Anchored by Naming the Money (2004), a spectacular installation of 100 life-size, painted figures that has been shown only once before in its entirety, the presentation brings into dialogue major works from the past 20 years, honing in on Himid’s theatrical use of cut-outs, colour and pattern.
About Libita Clayton:
Libita Clayton (b. 1987, Cornwall) lives and works in Bristol. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art (2009) Print and Digital Media BA (hons) and has since developed a collaborative practice playing with approaches to performance, black(ness) white(ness) and class(ness) on the dancefloor.
Recent projects include: RESIST FLOW, (WOC curated by Gal-Dem) Victoria & Albert Museum, London; 1,2,1,2, //// black- voices – opera (Black British Classical Foundation) for the exhibition Jamaican Pulse, Royal West Academy of England, Bristol; FORGET THAT GUY (message from a freedom fighter), Beyond Words, Book Works at Hull Freedom Festival & James Rickett trust commission, Hull Central library; RESIST & REVOLT, BLACK HISTORY – LIVE TRANSMISSION, BEEF, part of Art Weekender Bristol & Bath and Black History Month, Bristol (all 2016); In the Absence of Ruins there Will be Innovation, (Speakeasy Southwest Network) for the exhibition Vertigo Sea, Arnolfini, Bristol; BS2 (2015).
Upcoming projects: Tactical Interventions: Diaspora Platform, Palazzo Pisani a Santa Marina, Venice; Howling Owl: New Year New Noise 4, CLAY-TON-RAW-SON (bland choreography), Arnolfini, Bristol (all 2017.
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