Lubaina Himid’s Men in Drawers series
used drawers from an installation by fellow artist Susan Walsh. Exploring the nature of lost and found items and people, Himid says that ‘Men in Drawers
are meant to be displayed so that they come as a surprise.’ She writes ‘I imagine these men getting dressed, in carefully chosen shirts and ties, socks and sweaters. The everyday process of being who you are. Drawers are the epitome of the chance encounter.’
Man in A Shirt Drawer
FSC Certified paper and wood
Original: Acrylic paint, wooden drawer and brass handles 46.8 x 39 x 20.2 cm Tate. Purchased with funds provided by the Denise Coates Foundation on the occasion of the 2018 centenary of women gaining the right to vote in Britain 2019 © 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.