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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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‘Lost hope, abandoned lives, decimated civilisations’: Sites of Cultural Struggle in Beach House (1995)

‘Lost hope, abandoned lives, decimated civilisations’: Sites of Cultural Struggle in Beach House (1995)

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(p.145) 5 ‘Lost hope, abandoned lives, decimated civilisations’: Sites of Cultural Struggle in Beach House (1995)
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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/9781789620856.003.0007

Working to do justice to invisibilised Black lives by dispensing with the confining conventions of realistic portraiture, Himid relied on an abstract lexicon to create her Beach House series, the subject of this chapter, in 1995. Across these emotively charged and politically hard-hitting as well as aesthetically experimental works, she removes any literal trace of a human figure to focus solely on the physical structure of the beach house. As external and internal sites and sights of liminality and loss, frailty and rupture, dream and nightmare, confinement and liberation, Himid’s ‘transient temporary structures’ function as surrogate portraits of the vulnerabilities, violations and violences circumscribing Black memories, histories and narratives as defined by the histories and legacies of slavery, colonialism and empire.

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

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