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Discover Lubaina Himid’s bright and thought-provoking work in this online exhibition, based on the artist’s exhibition at Modern Art Oxford (21 January – 30 April 2017).

Find out more about Himid’s life and work through a selection of short films, images, articles and more. 

Enter our Virtual Exhibition – Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies to discover Himid’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics and works on paper on show at Modern Art Oxford.

Himid’s art practice is both personal and political. She speaks out against the erasure of black women (as artists and as subjects) from public exhibitions and collections. Himid argues that artists that are not talked about, who are not shown in galleries and museums, are made invisible.

Engaging with the often-overlooked histories of museums and galleries in the United Kingdom, Himid seeks to retrieve the hidden contributions, skills and stories of black historical figures and their contemporary counterparts.

In this short video, the artist discusses three of her works, and her belief in the force of art to start necessary and powerful dialogues.

About Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies

One of the pioneers of the British Black Arts Movement, Himid first came to prominence in the 1980s when she began organising exhibitions of work by her peers, whom she felt were under-represented in the contemporary art scene. Himid’s work challenges the stereotypical depictions of black figures in art history, foregrounding the contribution of the African diaspora to Western culture.

Invisible Strategies brings together a wide range of Himid’s paintings from the 1980s to the present day, as well as sculptures, ceramics and works on paper. The exhibition opens with Himid’s monumental Freedom and Change, 1984, which appropriates and transforms the female figures from Picasso’s Two Women Running on the Beach (The Race), 1922, into black women, powerfully and humorously subverting one of the most canonical paintings in Western art history. Containing many works shown for the first time in decades alongside pieces never-before seen in a public gallery, this exhibition highlights Himid’s consistently thought-provoking and distinctive visual style.


In Conversation: Lubaina Himid & Courtney J. Martin


I have never seen myself in art before this. She has spoken to our spirit song and given a hope for the future.

— Modern Art Oxford visitor

Highly thought provoking. What art should inspire us to do - think. A wonderful exhibition. Thank you.

— Modern Art Oxford visitor