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Inside the invisibleMemorialising Slavery and Freedom in the Life and Works of Lubaina Himid$
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Celeste-Marie Bernier, Alan Rice, Lubaina Himid, and Hannah Durkin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620856

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.001.0001

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‘Humour, fury, celebration and optimism’: A Politics of Protest and Cut-Out Men (1981–85)

‘Humour, fury, celebration and optimism’: A Politics of Protest and Cut-Out Men (1981–85)

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(p.57) 1 ‘Humour, fury, celebration and optimism’: A Politics of Protest and Cut-Out Men (1981–85)
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Inside the invisible
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Celeste-Marie Bernier

Alan Rice

Lubaina Himid

Hannah Durkin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620856.003.0003

examines the ways in which Himid works to create radically revised and rewritten visual and textual histories, which then become serviceable in contemporary Black freedom struggles worldwide. As argued here, Himid’s bodies of work provide alternative blueprints of artistry and activism. No more hard-hitting confirmation of Himid’s determination to combine ‘humour, fury, celebration, and optimism’ in order to ‘challenge the order of things’ and ‘call in question those in power and make them answerable’ can be found than her earliest series, Cut-Out Men, which she created between 1981 and 1985, and which is the focus of this chapter.

Keywords:   Lubaina Himid, Slavery, Memory, Freedom, the Body, Representation, Trauma, violence, activism, agency, resistance, rebellion, revolution, radicalism

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