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What to Do Today: See Lubaina Himid’s Exhibition at Hollybush Gardens

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Stuck on what to do today? Let us help you. This Wednesday 7 March, we recommend that you head to Hollybush Gardens to see ‘The Tenderness Only We Can See’ by Lubaina Himid, 2017’s Turner Prize winner…

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What to Do Today: See Lubaina Himid’s Exhibition at Hollybush Gardens

The Captain and the Mate

The Captain and the Mate

The exhibition features a new collection of paintings that Himid has designed to move across canvas and wood, in drawers and on cases in a continuous and informative flow from one thing to the next.

‘The paintings in the show are speaking different languages, to me and to each other; some of them are secret. Other lines of communication attempt to hold their inner narratives together, in the end old songs and other people’s poems are all that is left.’ – Lubaina Himid

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Music shapes emotion, connection and context in Himid’s life and work, thus she implements four music-related objects in her construction of the exhibition space. The phrases, ‘Rescued from the Dragons of Loneliness’, quoted from an Essex Hemphill poem and, ‘The Sweet Sharp Taste of Limes’, by Audre Lorde, appear painted on the sides of banjo cases. Although the cases’ soft inside suggest comfort, the artist reminds us that early forms of the banjo were made by African people in America, who often played them in 19th century minstrel shows.

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