CAPC’s 2019 programme concludes with an exhibition by the 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid centred on the presentation in the nave of her seminal installation Naming the Money (2004). A key work in the career of the British artist, it consists of nearly one hundred life-size painted plywood cut-outs that bring to life African servants depicted in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century European court paintings.
A figurehead of the Black Arts movement in 1980s Britain, Himid has been developing a multi-facetted oeuvre across four decades in which she combines art-making, curating, archiving and teaching to explore the marginalisation of the black diaspora in contemporary society.
Occupying the centre of the nave, the installation also calls to mind the initial purpose of the warehouse that has been housing the CAPC since the 1970s. Built in 1824, nearly ten years after the official abolition of the slave trade, it was used to store colonial goods (coffee, sugar, cocoa, cotton, rum, wine, cod, spices, etc.) in transit to Northern Europe, sustaining the city’s maritime trade for more than a century.
Commissaire : Alice Motard.
This exhibition is supported by Fluxus Art Projects, Franco-British fund for contemporary art.
31 October 2019 to 23 February 2020
CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
7 rue Ferrere
Opening hours : 11.00 to 18.00. Closed on Mondays. Late opening until 20.00 every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Tickets : full price €7 , reduced price €4