Lubaina Himid has embraced her artistic practice as an organizer, a cultural and political activist, an educator, and a leader in the British Black Arts Movement of the 1980s––a pivotal decade for British culture and politics. Alongside her own work, she curated exhibitions of other female black artists at a time when they were excluded from institutional recognition. “Unrecorded Truths,” the title of a 1986 group show she organized, exemplifies her lifelong quest to reveal the concealed histories of colonialism and the diaspora, and to assert black artists’ place in the Western art canon: “We are claiming what is ours and making ourselves visible.”
Three prominent British institutions collaborated to host concurrent exhibitions that amounted to Himid’s first major retrospective. “Invisible Strategies” at Modern Art Oxford surveyed Himid’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and works
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