The African artist, now Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire, is best known for her paintings, drawings, printmaking, and installations that centre on black identity, her works making reference to the African diaspora and the slave industry. Her work - which includes portraits of enslaved people painted on jugs, plates, newspapers, and other domestic objects, as well as full-size cutouts of figures in colorful historical costumes - not only examines the histories of colonialism and the slave trade, but also the way their effects continue to play out in society today.
Himid is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. "For all the black women who never did win it even though they've been shortlisted".
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The result, by common agreement, has been the strongest Turner Prize exhibition in years: mercifully short on tabloid-baiting antics (lights flashing on-and-off and the like), and with a strong sense of the personal experience of the artists, alongside human themes we might actually care about. The £25,000 prize was presented by DJ, producer and artist Goldie during a live broadcast on the BBC. Not only does it provide a cash bonus, the award also tends to significantly boost the public profile of its winners. Previous winners include potter Grayson Perry and "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen.
The other finalists included Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Buettner and Rosalind Nashashibi. The Tate announced earlier this year that the rules had been adjusted to allow artists of any age to be considered; since 1991, only artists under 50 were qualified for the prize as a way of preventing it from becoming a lifetime achievement award.
The works of all four shortlisted artists are on display at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, the former industrial city which is now a City of Culture. Each runner-up receives £5,000.
Margaret Carrigan is a freelance writer and editor.