Naming the Money, Lubaina Himid, Spike Island, Bristol

Naming the money is the largest installation of Lubaina Himid’s exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol and has only been shown once previously in its entirety. Comprising of 100 life-size printed figures on freestanding wooden grounds. The figures depict shoe, toy, and map-makers, drummers, dog trainers, ceramicists, herbalists, viola da gamba players, dancers and painters. Visitors to the exhibition can walk among the figures. The figures represent Africans brought to Europe as servants and given new names and roles.

Lubaina Himid is a contemporary African artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities. She was one of the first artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980s  and continues to create activist art which is shown in galleries in Britain, as well as worldwide. Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design.

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