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Lubaina Himid | Naming the Money

Solo show at Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. 2004
Date: 17 January, 2004 until 13 March, 2004
Curator: Lucy Whetstone, Curator, Hatton Gallery
Organiser: Hatton Gallery

Naming the Money was a substantial exhibition by Lubaina Himid, held at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 17 January - 13 March 2004. It consisted of 100 life size figures, each representing the largely un-named captured Africans who, whilst in effect slaves, were used as servile adornment by wealthy families in Britain and other parts of Europe, during the many years of the slave slave. The exhibition came with a hard cover catalogue, A5 portrait in size, prolifically illustrated, and with substantial supporting texts in the form of correspondence from Himid to the curator, brief summaries of the names and identities that Himid assigned to her 100 figures, and an essay by Lucy Whetstone, Curator, Hatton Gallery. Moreover, the flyer for the exhibition carried, on its reverse, a particularly useful introduction to the exhibition, written by Himid herself.

From the flyer, “When I began this project I was convinced that it was about money. It has certainly cost a great deal of money to make. It’s true that Naming the Money is about how the moneyed classes all over Europe have spent their loot, flaunted their power and wealth by using Africans as slaves. The installation shows how this was disguised and glamourised; they looked like servants or were dressed in the clothes of courtiers, they often provided the entertainment just by looking different and were at their most useful as the greatest conspicuous display of wealth imaginable.

I also thought this installation was about re iterating (sic) the facts and highlighting the immense contribution that Africans have made to the economic foundation of Europe.”

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»  Lubaina Himid MBE, CBE

Born, 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania

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