Cheryl Sim on Collars and Cuffs
Born in Tanzania and raised in the UK, Lubaina Himid’s work as an artist and curator critiques the legacy of colonialism, brings to light suppressed narratives, and addresses cultural assumptions and expectations. Her disarming formal approach belies her critique. Images of everyday scenes and objects are clues to a broader set of issues and stories. Collars and Cuffs for example, is a tribute to the life of Grace Robinson, a 17thcentury housemaid who toiled in the shadows of Knole house, one of the five largest country houses in England and a former archbishop’s palace. The collars and cuffs allude to much more than the delicate garments that Grace would have cared for in service to her employer.
About Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid lives and works in Preston, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She was awarded the Turner Prize in 2017 and has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad. Her solo exhibitions include Work from Underneath, New Museum, New York (2019); Naming the Money, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2018); Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017); and Kangas, Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2016). Significant group exhibitions include The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary (2017); Keywords, Tate Liverpool (2014); and Burning Down the House, Gwangju Biennale (2014). A monograph, titled Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual, was released in 2019 (Modern Art Oxford and Koenig Books).