Rebecca Chesney & Lubaina Himid
area: Sound Art, Visual Art
Rebecca Chesney’s practice examines our complex relationship with the natural world, by engaging with issues of culture, politics and power.
Weather, water quality, air pollution, land ownership, sea level rise, habitat loss and decline of species are all subjects her work reflects, taking the form of installations, interventions, sound works, habitat creation, drawings, maps and walks.
She has been commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2021), Manchester International Festival (2019), Newlyn Art Gallery (2019), Peak and Canal & River Trust (2018), Full of Noises Festival (2018), Springhornhof (2018), In Certain Places (2017), and Compton Verney (2017).
Awards include a Lucas Artist Fellowship to Montalvo Arts Centre in California, USA (2016-18) and a Gasworks International Fellowship to CONA in Mumbai, India (2013). She has been invited on a number of residencies including to the Nirox Foundation in South Africa (2013), a Peak residency in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales (2016) and Astley Hall, UK (2020-22).
Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is a British painter who has dedicated her four-decades-long career to uncovering marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural expressions. She studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Art and went on to receive an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art. Himid currently lives and works in Preston, UK, and is a professor at the University of Central Lancashire. She was the winner of the Turner Prize in 2017.
In 2021 Himid will present a major monographic exhibition at Tate Modern, London. Current exhibitions include Risquons-Tout, WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels. Significant solo exhibitions include Spotlights, Tate Britain, London (2019); The Grab Test, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2019); Lubaina Himid, CAPC Bordeaux, France (2019); Work From Underneath, New Museum, New York (2019); Gifts to Kings, MRAC Languedoc Roussillon Midi-Pyrénées, Sérignan (2018); Our Kisses are Petals, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); The Truth Is Never Watertight, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2017); Navigation Charts, Spike Island, Bristol (2017); and Invisible Strategies, Modern Art Oxford (2017). Significant group exhibitions include En Plein Air, The High Line, New York (2019–2020); Sharjah Biennial 14, UAE (2019); Berlin Biennale (2018); The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2017); Keywords, Tate Liverpool (2014); and Burning Down the House, Gwangju Biennale (2014). Her work is held in various museum and public collections, including Tate; British Council Collection; Arts Council Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Liverpool; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. A monograph, titled Lubaina Himid: Workshop Manual, was released in 2019 from Koenig Books.
TONSPUR 89 – already realised in 2021
Intervention at TONSPUR_display
Curated by Georg Weckwerth
TONSPUR für einen öffentlichen raum 2022
Location: TONSPUR_display | indoor showroom Q21 (MuseumsQuartier Wien)
Production: TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien