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Making Black Histories, Stories and Memories Visible

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

The introduction summarises the key themes of the book and examines the ways in which Lubaina Himid has devoted her practice to researching, remembering and reimagining the lives not only of iconic ... More


No More Silent Victims: Agency, Authority and Artistry in the Black Woman’s Story in Revenge (1992)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

“I was trying to write myself, paint myself, and my compatriots, my fellow black artists, if you like, into the history of British painting’, Lubaina Himid writes of the aesthetic, political, ... More


‘Rituals of reclaiming lost artefacts, refusing oppression and looking for ancestors’ in Heroes and Heroines (1984)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

All too aware of the political and cultural minefields generated by memorialisations of white men as icons of racist hate in her Cut-Out Men series, however much she was ‘trying to laugh at them, to ... More


‘The “ghost” of it all’: Tragedy, Trauma and a ‘people there and not there’ in Le Rodeur (2016)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0017
Subject:
History, African-American History

Working with a painterly rather than a poetic language, Himid made the radical decision to do justice not to ‘fettered and blind’ bodies and souls as torn apart by ‘agony and blood’, but to reimagine ... More


‘Humour, fury, celebration and optimism’: A Politics of Protest and Cut-Out Men (1981–85)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

examines the ways in which Himid works to create radically revised and rewritten visual and textual histories, which then become serviceable in contemporary Black freedom struggles worldwide. As ... More


‘They who document/paint the History hold the Power’: Retelling, Reimagining and Recreating New Narratives of Black Heroism in Toussaint I (1987) and Toussaint II (2002)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History

Across her decades-apart series, Scenes from the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture I (1988) and Scenes from the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture II (2002) which are the subject of this chapter, Himid ... More


Imaging and Imagining ‘Vanished lives of the black diaspora’ in Venetian Maps (1997)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History

Working to represent, recreate and reimagine denied and distorted traditions of African diasporic artistry, Himid was inspired to create Venetian Maps, the subject of this chapter, and which consists ... More


‘Safety and danger and how to tell the difference’: Suffering, Struggle and Survival in Plan B (1999)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

‘In 1997 I began to work on a series which was exhibited at Tate St Ives in 1999/2000 – Plan B. The work brought out the theme of safety and danger and how to tell the difference’, Lubaina Himid ... More


Tracing ‘the living/the dead/the ancestors’ in London and Paris Guidebooks (2009)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0015
Subject:
History, African-American History

‘What are monuments for? Possible landmarks on the urban map: Paris and London’ is the title of a performance script that Himid wrote to accompany London and Paris Guidebooks, a mixed-media work she ... More


‘Lives depend on accurate histories’

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0020
Subject:
History, African-American History

The book concludes with a summary of the activism that underpins Himid’s artistic practice.


‘Lost hope, abandoned lives, decimated civilisations’: Sites of Cultural Struggle in Beach House (1995)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

Working to do justice to invisibilised Black lives by dispensing with the confining conventions of realistic portraiture, Himid relied on an abstract lexicon to create her Beach House series, the ... More


Reimaging and Reimagining an Absent-Presence in Cotton.com (2003)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History

Himid teases out cotton’s multiple implications as a priceless commodity in the global economy to tell stories that rebound backwards and forwards across time and geographies implicating populations ... More


‘The slave servant’: Guerrilla Memorialisation and Multi-accented Performances in Naming the Money (2004)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0012
Subject:
History, African-American History

‘Naming the Money’ has become Himid’s signature installation, consisting of 100 colourfully painted figures interacting with each other across a large gallery space accompanied by a soundscape. It ... More


Intervention, Mapping and Excavation: White Caricatures versus Black Dehumanisation in Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service (2007)

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0013
Subject:
History, African-American History

Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service was part of the Abolished? exhibition in Lancaster. It uses overpainted eighteenth and early nineteenth century plates, tureens, jugs and dishes to comment ... More


Mapping Space, Debating Place: Jelly Mould Pavilions (2010) and Official Sites and Sights of Slavery and Memory

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0016
Subject:
History, African-American History

Lubaina Himid’s Jelly Mould Pavilions is an installation which draws attention to Liverpool’s troubled history as the largest eighteenth century slavery port in the world. After a discussion of ... More


Artist Statement V Working on Paper

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0018
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this section of the book, Himid discusses Scenes from the Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture I (1987) and Scenes from the Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture II (2002)


Artist Statement II Telling Invisible Stories

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0021
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this section of the book, Himid discusses Plan B (1999), Inside the Invisible (2001) and Zanzibar (1999).


Artist Statement I Gathering and Reusing

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

In this section of the book, Himid discusses Cut-Out Men (1981–85), A Fashionable Marriage (1987), Freedom and Change (1984) and We Will Be (1983).


Artist Statement III Return to the Operatic

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

in Inside the invisible: Memorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620856
eISBN:
9781789629903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

Naming the Money (Figures 56–58) is probably the most important work I’ve ever made, but for more personal reasons than its scale and reach. The period through which the work took place was one of ... More


If the shoe fits: appropriating identity?

Brenda Cooper

in Writing otherwise: Experiments in cultural criticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719089428
eISBN:
9781781707340
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089428.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Brenda Cooper – like other contributors to this book a trans-continental traveller – writes about her current, displaced, view of her place of origin (South Africa), her long-term academic concerns ... More


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