Lubaina HimidBetween the Two my Heart is Balanced 1991

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Artist
Lubaina Himid (born 1954)
Title
Between the Two my Heart is Balanced
Date 1991
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1218 x 1524 x 27 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art (Special Purchase Fund) through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1995
Reference
T06947
Not on display

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Himid has alluded to the meaning of this work: 'Two women sit in a small boat tearing up navigation charts: how many died crossing the water ... can the past be replayed ... can the future be different'. During the early 1980s, she emerged as a key figure in the development of a consciously black art in Britain. This picture belongs to a group entitled 'Revenge', which proposed black women's voices as alternatives alongside those of white men. Here she reuses the title of an etching by the Victorian artist James Tissot, which shows a Highlander seated in a boat between two women, but focuses on the women… (read more)

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