Lubaina Himid Becomes First Woman of Color To Win Turner Prize

Esequiel Farfan
Diciembre 6, 2017

Tanzania-born artist Lubaina Himid became the oldest ever victor of the Turner Prize on Tuesday for her works dealing with black creativity and representation in art.

The judges agreed unanimously to award Himid, professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, the prize over bookies' favourite painter Hurvin Anderson, for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".

The victor of the £25,000 prize was announced in Hull Minster, to mark Hull celebrating its status as UK City of Culture.

Lubaina Himid has won the 2017 Turner prize.

Asked about the £25,000 prize, Himid said she already "surreptitiously" helped artists struggling for funding to put on shows and said: "So I'll just use it for that".

Alex Farquharson, director of Tate Britain, said: "The jury applauded the four nominated artists for their socially engaged and visually imaginative work". Organizers had lifted a previous age limit to reflect the fact that artists can produce their best work at any age. "I think it's about the resonance of someone's work now and someone's work made back then, in the present moment".

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Himid's work, which includes paintings, prints, drawings and installations, focuses on black creativity, slavery, the African diaspora and racial politics.

She was one of the earliest artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980s.

Himid said: "I know it sounds like some cliche, but I feel like I won it for a lot of people, so that's why it means a lot". People have died in the meantime.

Himid, 63, is the oldest artist to win the award so far.

"I guess the issues I was dealing with were complex, many-layered, and you've got to sell newspapers", she noted. She is also the first black woman to win the award. "So I've got a lot to do".

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