This painting is part of Himid’s Le Rodeur
series of paintings, inspired by the traumatic events of the French slave ship of the same name in 1819. In the series, Himid does not try to accurately depict the action of what happened, but instead interprets the emotions appertaining to various parts of the story, and the sense of painful injustice and inequality are threaded throughout.
Le Rodeur: The Lock
FSC Certified paper and wood
Date of work
Original: Acrylic on canvas 183 x 244 cm Private collection, London. Photo: Andy Keate © Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid was born in 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania but moved to England shortly after her birth. A Turner-prize winning artists, her paintings, prints, drawings and installations celebrate Black creativity and the people of the African diaspora whilst challenging institutional invisibility. The year after she won the Turner prize, she was made a CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to art. She is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire.