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Lubaina Himid Turns the Tide at Modern Art Oxford

THE vibrant paintings of Tanzanian-born, British-based artist  Lubaina Himid shimmer with Zanzibar’s piquant colours but within them, turbulent waters forecast change, hope and uncertainty. Invisible Strategies, the first survey exhibition of Himid’s work is on show at the contemporary art space, Modern Art Oxford. The display comprises early work from the 1980s to the present day, including pieces that have not been exhibited before.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Metal / Paper, Beach House, 1995. Courtesy the artist & Hollybush Gardens

Highlighting a more truthful version of historical events, Himid appeals to her audience through her lively canvases, textiles, cutouts, prints and collages. The artist explains, “I am not a painter in the strictest sense … I am a political strategist who uses a visual language to encourage conversation, argument, change.”

Throughout her work, strange interiors and puzzling scenarios suggest transition or escape, whilst the myriad of over-painted plates and jugs provide a poignant reminder to past and indeed, present day slavery.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service (detail), 2007.
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, Photograph: Andy Keate

 In her work, the legacy of colonial trade, diaspora and conflict become embodied with her personal experiences. The painting series Le Rodeur, named after a nineteenth century slave ship recalls a time of great sadness and change following her father’s death from malaria in the mid-1950s. Travelling with her mother at just four months old, Himid left the shores of Zanzibar for the bustle and bright lights of Blackpool, UK.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Le Rodeur: (The Lock), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

The distant waves that corner Himid’s transitory spaces allude to peril, migration and her empathy with the power of the elements, “I have never been able to swim properly and am very frightened of the sea and of drowning,” says Himid.

Lubaina Himid is a Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Since her early involvement with the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, she has campaigned for the recognition of black artists through exhibitions, projects, conferences including research documentaries for Tate Liverpool.

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies runs from 21 January to 30 April 2017 at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 722733

Email: info@modernartoxford.org.uk

Front page image: Lubaina Himid, Le Rodeur: Exchange, 2016. Courtesy the artist & Hollybush Gardens

 

 

 

 

Kitty Joseph Launches AW16 Colour Fields Rainbow Collection

FASHION designer Kitty Joseph has launched her AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion collection. The range is inspired by prints, gradients and Josef Albers’ handbook Interaction of Color. The handbook influenced and inspired Joseph to explore the relationship of two colours in isolation. The collection uses a simple colour palette but ventures into different patterns and textures, resulting in a thrilling explosion of colour. The collection also sees Joseph’s first exploration into knitwear.

Kitty Joseph AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty JosephAW 16 Collection Copyright ©2016 Kitty Joseph

 

Kitty Joseph AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty JosephAW 16 Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty Joseph

Joseph’s career first began at the Royal College of Art where she graduated with an MA in Textile Design. She gained instant industry recognition in 2011 after unexpectedly selling her entire graduate collection. Joseph has since collaborated on an array of projects with brands and celebrities ranging from Absolut Vodka to Lady Gaga.

Kitty Joseph AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty Joseph
AW 16 Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty Joseph

Always a lover of colour, painting and illustration, the foundation of the brand is built upon colour exploration and textile innovation, which the new collection epitomises. Additionally, a wider collection of complementary pieces will be available later in the year.

Kitty Joseph AW 16 Colour Fields Rainbow Fashion Collection Copyright © 2016 Kitty JosephAW 16 Collection Copyright ©2016 Kitty Joseph

by Rebecca Acres

Magnum Photos Pinpoints Decisive Moments with Square Print Project

INSPIRED by a theory from the history of photography, Magnum Photos launch their Square Print Project in commemoration of the Magnum Photos co-founders, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger. A selection of high quality limited prints of classical and contemporary photography by leading Magnum photographers includes work by Martin Parr, Alex Webb, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Tim Hetherington, Newsha Tavakollian, Peter van Agtmael and Eve Arnold.

 

(in text) MAGNUM PHOTOSBrazil. Amazonas. Leticia, The Amazon river, 1966. Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

What defines the decisive moment? For American photographer, Alex Webb, it was the advent of Kodachrome, the film quality that  enabled him to capture the Amazon’s warm, muddy waters.

 

photography, classical, contemporaryCuba Havana, 1993. Photograph: Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

In contrast, Martin Parr describes his decisive moment as belonging to the Brighton Swimming Club as they waited to brave the unforgiving chill of the English Channel on a blustery day. However, decisive moments for Jonas Bendiksen are defined by immediacy in preparation and only achieved when the shutter is open.

 

photography, classical, contemporaryGermany. West Berlin. The Fall of the Berlin Wall.. East Berliners crossing into the West, in the
immediate aftermath of the opening of the Berlin Wall atCheckpoint Charlie at Midnight on November 9, 1989.
Photograph: Mark Power/Magnum Photos

by Miranda Charalambous

Signed copies of prints are available to buy from the Magnum Photos Online Shop until June 10, 2016  here

Front page image: Iran. Mahmoudabad. Caspian Sea, 2011. Imaginary CD cover for Sahar. Photograph: Newsha  Tavakolian/Magnum Photos