Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Turner Prize 2017: Lubaina Himid

Turner Prize 2017: Lubaina Himid

Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Himid was chosen ahead of Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner and Rosalind Nashashibi, who each took home £5,000.

THE victor of the Turner Prize, the oft controversial annual art award, is also its oldest to date: the artist Lubaina Himid. (In its first few editions, the Turner Prize also recognized museum directors and curators.) But this year, for the first time since 1991, artists over the age of 50 were eligible to be nominated for the prize. Also speaking to the Guardian, Himid stated that she was happy to have won the award, and honored the many other black women who were never able to win, even after they were shortlisted.

The jury for the prize comprised Dan Fox, a co-editor of Frieze magazine; critic Martin Herbert; Mason Leaver-Yap, a moving-image scholar at the Walker Art Center and an associate curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art; and Emily Pethick, the director of the Showroom gallery.

The awards ceremony took place at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, Yorkshire, marking the city's status as the UK's current capital of culture.

"Now that its reputation is so firmly established, we want to acknowledge the fact that artists can experience a breakthrough in their work at any age".

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

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.

Founded in 1984, the annual Turner Prize is regarded as the UK's most important art award.

Himid repeatedly questions the historical role of portraiture, as in works such as A Fashionable Marriage 1987, recently exhibited in The Place is Here at Nottingham Contemporary (2017).

The works are joined by Anderson's dream-like tropical landscape paintings, Büttner's woodblock prints of beggars and two films by Nashashibi-a commission for the Imperial War Museum observing daily life in Gaza and Vivian's Garden, which explores the relationship between the mother-and-daughter artists in Guatemala, Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter.

Himid is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire.

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