Hard Times, The Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston

Himid, Lubaina (2018) Hard Times, The Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston. [Show/Exhibition]

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This exhibition invites audiences to engage in direct conversation with the work displayed and asks how a playful interaction not normally 'allowed' in the showing space can lead to the ability to participate in political action in everyday life.
Lubaina has chosen the title Hard Times with reference to Charles Dickens’ novel, inspired by his visit to Preston during the workers’ Lock-out of 1853.
Bone in the China: Success to the Africa Trade asks 'where are the memories...of black people's lives?' Inside the Invisible, seen for the first time in the UK, gives voices to the patients excluded from society in a Norwegian leprosy hospital. Each of the 30 small paintings is a different pattern in many colours, in which you may - or may not - see the memory enscapsulated in its handwritten label.
The Feast Wagons are painted with frightening beasts, reflecting on migration and our relationship to "the other"

Rarely seen work, Meat Mountains and Drowned Orchard, Secret Boatyard: Tools, Box, Basket, Hairstyles illustrate the presence of these questions in Lubaina Himid's work from as far back as 1984 and how they relate to work she is making today.

Through the course of her three-month show, Lubaina has invited selected artists, currently working in the city, to curate exhibition and events bringing in a number of international artists and creative contributors from across the world. For more information please visit Lubaina Himid events programme by clicking the events button.

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