British Art and the Global

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British Art and the Global

Invited Keynote Lecture
TItle: 'Dreaming has a Share in History'
Abstract: 'Dreaming has a Share in History': Thinking Around Black British Art
This lecture will reflect on recent developments in Black British Art with a focus on the work of Lubaina Himid and other artists of her generation. Over the course of a career spanning several decades, Himid has produced an extraordinary body of work in a variety of media in which the primacy of painting has remained to the fore. The use of colour, installation and collage in a re-address to history, to art history, to monuments, to time, to memory and to visibility, amongst other themes, are central to Himid's practices as an artist; a practice in which she wrests painting from its traditional function as an instrument for white western canon formation and re-deploys it in a dialogical relation to its origins. Such a Benjaminian concept of history - as a constellation between past, present and future in which re-interrogating the past in the present might produce the conditions for change in the future - is one of the enduring qualities of her artistic practice and will be explored further in this lecture as part of a wider reflection on the remapping of the boundaries of British ar
Period18 Sep 2018
Event typeConference
LocationBerkeley, United States, CaliforniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Keynote Lecture
  • Lubaina Himid
  • Black British Art
  • Centre for Black Humanities
  • Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster
  • School of Humanities
  • History of Art Department