Accepting her prize, Himid began by thanking the people of Hull, saying: "First of all to the people who stopped me to wish well". Himid was praised for her "uncompromising tackling of issues including colonial history and how racism persists today".
Himid was born on the island of Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, in 1954.
Her section of the Turner Prize exhibition, in Hull, contains work spanning from the 1980s to the present-day.
The jury admired Himid's expansive and exuberant approach to painting which combines satire and a sense of theatre.
Formed as an artist in United Kingdom, Himid's work alludes in many of his pieces to slavery industry and his legacy, like those pieces of a porcelain service decorated with images of slaves. or institutional invisibility of black community, and its underrated contributions, which emphasizes in its work on pages of Guardian newspaper, where news of successful athletes is juxtaposed, police violence against African-Americans in United States or War of bands in London.
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Himid makes paintings, prints, drawings and installations which celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora while challenging institutional invisibility. Her paintings, prints, drawings, and installations are now in the collections of Tate, the Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Leeds City Museum, among other institutions. Established in 1984, the annual award is aimed at UK-based artists who have had an outstanding exhibition in the previous year.
The Turner Prize, organized by Tate Gallery, is considered the most high-profile prize in the British art world and one of the most prestigious awards in the visual art world. The shortlisted artists for 2017 were: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.
The jury was led by the Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson and included the Frieze editor Dan Fox, the critic Martin Herbert, the Walker Art Center scholar Mason Leaver-Yap and the The Showroom director Emily Pethick.
The exhibition of the four shortlisted artists at Ferens Art Gallery in Hull has already been seen by more than 90,000 visitors, making it one of the most popular Turner Prize shows outside London.
"I think there is no longer an overwhelming focus on youth as equating to what's innovative in contemporary art".