This is a special event celebrating Lubaina Himid’s Naming the Money: on show at Talbot Rice Gallery as part of The Accursed Share until 27 May. This artwork responds to the anonymity of the Black servants depicted in European history painting and foregrounds a conversation about belonging. Whilst it reminds us about the profound horrors of the slave trade, Himid’s vibrant community of life-sized individuals seem to belong wherever they are installed – gathering, adapting and bringing their own individual creativity to bare on the space.
Owning it refers to taking responsibility for historical injustices, embracing the current moment with confidence and to the themes of debt and money, which run throughout Talbot Rice Gallery’s current exhibition. One of the gallery’s ambitious “cabaret” events it will bring together film, performance, poetry and music with short talks designed to explore different aspects of this subject.
The evening will include films by Graeme Mortimer Evelyn, a sculptural intervention by Sequoia Barnes, readings by artists Sekai Machache and Saoirse Amira Anis, new musical collaborations featuring Lucia Capellaro and Gameli Kodzo Tordzro, and talks by Tiffany Boyle and our university colleagues: George Emeka Agbo, Simon Buck, Diana Paton and Charlotte Rommerskirchen.