Himid, Lubaina (22 of 23).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2006-09-11, 2006-09-12, 2006-10-02, 2006-10-03, 2006-11-06, 2006-11-07, 2007-01-15, 2007-01-16

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Preston

  • Interviewees

    Himid, Lubaina, 1954- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Dyke, Anna, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 22: [46:49] ‘Shades of Black’ conference in 2001 at Duke University; Ian Boacum; David A. Bailey and SB; AAVAA; interest in U.S. in diaspora, African and Caribbean artists in Britain; Gilane Towadros, Stuart Hall, Rasheed Araeen; ie. varied view of Black Art in ‘80s. SB invited LH to give paper. Difficult period for LH; decision to take part. Visited New York; MOMA, Studio Museum in Harlem, smaller galleries around 23rd st. [07:48] Gave paper on archiving, plus participatory question and answer game - examples. Artists included: Sutapa Biswas, IP, KP, Allan de Souza, Janet Cheddie, Michael [surname?] from Black Audio Film Collective, Isaac Julien, Rasheed Araeen, Naseem Khan; papers given. Stuart Hall’s keynote speech left out women’s contribution; this was redressed by end of conference, and in ‘Shades of Black’ publication. Attitudes during ‘80s to what the women were doing; SB’s role in organising the history, recording the women’s contribution. DR’s death - his widow’s role in getting his work into collections; Mora Byrd. Challenging to take part in the conference, to revisit the ‘80s. Coming away, felt positive about the period; glad to make peace with people like Gilane Tawadros etc. Felt the work done in ‘80s was worth doing; how it led to changes in ‘90s eg. YBAs, and the way art was looked at in Britain. [25:05] Opinion of recent work by SB, KP. VR. Opinion of black artists of ‘90s and now; Chris Ofili, Steve McQueen; Renee Green, Kara Walker. Doesn’t see future in ‘black art’ as a movement; strength comes from many individuals making art their own way; eg. Ellen Gallagher; Basquiat; DR. Advice to black art students; challenges which face women artists re-motherhood. [41:09] LH’s trips to Africa; eventually going to Zanzibar. [46:49]

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